Soup Mix in a Jar!
A favorite homespun holiday gift.
For Pasta Fagioli Soup -
Place 1 cup small pasta shells in the bottom of a large mason jar.
Add a layer of 3/4 cup red beans.
Add a layer of 3/4 cup great northern beans.
And a layer of 1 cup pinto beans.
Combine spices and place into a small bag.
3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
Fold over bag and staple.
Carefully place bag on top of beans.
And top with lid.
Add a piece of fabric or ribbon and attach the following recipe to prepare soup.
Additional ingredients needed -
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
fresh grated parmesan cheese, optional
Carefully remove seasoning packet from jar and set aside.
Remove beans; sort and rinse.
Set pasta aside.
Place beans in a large pot and add 6 cups of water.
Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain and discard liquid.
Return beans to the pot.
Add contents of seasoning packet and 8 cups of water.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
Add tomatoes and salt; cover and simmer 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Stir in pasta; cover and simmer for 10 minutes longer or until pasta is tender.
Remove bay leaf before serving.
Top with parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy!
Makes 14 servings.