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DIY Country Soup Dry Mix

DIY Country Soup Dry Mix

Last week Stop & Shop hosted a blogging event to help busy moms prepare for the holidays. Their food expert Andrea Astrachan was there to inspire moms to creatively prepare for the season that can drain our energy and wallets. The moms in our group made chocolate dipped pretzels, flower arrangements and these gift-ready soup mixes. The soup mix really inspired me to create gifts this season.

This makes a thoughtful hostess gift and looks terrific. All they will have to do is add a few veggies and some water and they will have a gorgeous dinner thanks to your efforts. I'd suggest setting aside an afternoon and creating a production line. At the end of the day, you'd have a gift that won't languish. Teachers, hostess gifts, and friends this is a wonderful way to treat the folks who make your life sunnier.

Country Dry Soup Mix

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1 cup uncooked twist macaroni divided in two
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1/2 cup dry lentils
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta

Directions:

In a wide mouth 1 quart jar (we used the classic Ball jar, buy them on Amazon in cases of 12) layer in the following order:
HALF of the uncooked macaroni
Barley
Peas
Rice
Lentils
Onion
Parsley
Salt
Lemon pepper
Bouillon
Alphabet pasta
HALF of the uncooked macaroni
Seal tightly and decorate. Attach instructions and gift card.

Cooking Instructions:

Add contents of jar to 3 quarts of water. Toss in:
2 stalks chopped celery
2 carrots sliced
1 cup of shredded cabbage
2 cups diced tomatoes
Over medium low heat cover and simmer about one hour or until vegetables are tender.

Disclosure: Stop & Shop provided a gift card for groceries but did not require us to post anything after the event.

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