DIY Mason Jar Soup Ideas To Bring To Work


Pamela Salzman, pro cooking instructor and author of Kitchen Matters , answers the age-old question of what to eat at our work desks.

How to Make Mason Jar Soup

Select your recipe from the lists below. Place all of the ingredients (except garnishes) in a Mason Jar with a tight fitting lid in the order that they appear in the recipes. Store in the refrigerator overnight. It’s fine if the frozen vegetables defrost.

When ready to consume, remove from the refrigerator and pour 1 cup of boiling water on top and close the lid. Allow the soup to heat up and the flavors to meld (about 5 minutes).

Open the lid and stir well to combine. Taste for seasoning and add salt or desired flavors accordingly. Garnish with desired accompaniments.

Serves 1


3 Tbsp good quality marinara sauce
1 Tbsp prepared pesto, preferably homemade
¼ tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
a small handful raw spinach
2 Tbsp grated zucchini
1/3 cup cooked white beans (such as cannelini or great northern)
1/3 cup cooked farro or other hearty grain (barley, wheat berries etc)
frozen vegetables like green beans, carrots and peas (optional)

Serves 1


1 Tbsp white miso
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp shoyu, wheat-free tamari or coconut aminos
¼ tsp sriracha or chili-garlic paste, or more if you like it spicy
¼ cup frozen or blanched edamame
2 medium shiitake mushrooms, caps wiped clean, stems removed and sliced thinly
4 sugar snap peas, trimmed and sliced thinly on the diagonal
½ cup cooked noodles (ramen, soba, whole-wheat spaghetti or shritaki)
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp thinly sliced green onion
sea salt to taste

Serves 1


3 Tbsp full-fat coconut milk
1 tsp Thai yellow curry paste
big pinch of coconut sugar
big pinch of turmeric
big pinch ground ginger
1 tsp tamari
1 small carrot, peeled and julienned
¼ cup frozen cauliflower florets
¼ cup frozen peas
½ cup cooked white or brown rice
basil, mint and lime wedges for garnish

Serves 1


½ small avocado, diced
1/3 cup prepared salsa
pinch of cumin
pinch of chipotle powder
¼ cup cooked, shredded chicken
1/3 cup frozen fire-roasted or regular corn
1/3 cup cooked black beans
¼ tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

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