by craftbits (shellie wilson)
What you need
Approx. 1/2 Quart / 500ml Wide mouthed Jar
Recipe ingredients as shown below
Card for making tags
Zip Lock Bags
Ingredients for the jar:
1/4 cup dried garbanzo beans
1/4 cup dried navy beans — black beans or lima beans
1/4 cup dried red kidney beans — soy beans or pinto beans
1/4 cup dried whole or split peas
3 tablespoons minced dried onion
2 tablespoons whole wheat berries
2 tablespoons pearl barley
2 tablespoons dried celery flakes
2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon dried basil — crushed
1 bay leaf
Attach to the jar:
To make Bean Soup:
Combine contents of package with 7 cups water in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
Cover and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. (Or soak bean mixture in the water overnight in a covered pan.)
Do not drain. Bring beans and liquid to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.
Stir in one cup diced ham or 1 pound Italian sausage which has been cooked, crumbled and drained. Remove bay leaf.
Season to taste with salt or seasoned salt.
Variation: Add one 16-oz. can tomatoes, cut up and undrained and one medium carrot, chopped.
Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season to taste.
To give these soups as gifts, use canning jars for the mixes.
Cut a piece of fabric in a circle which is several inches larger than the jar lid and place the flat lid on the jar (Pinking shears make a nice edge).
Secure the fabric to the lid with a rubber band or use the canning jar ring. Attach the directions to the jar with a ribbon or raffia.
These soups would be nice grouped in baskets with bread mixes for a gift of a complete meal.