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Food expert Andrea Astrachan inspires moms to creatively prepare for the season that can drain our energy and wallets. She shared a fun gift to make and give. Gather the ingredients and spend an afternoon making these pretty mason jar gifts. The soup mix really inspired me to create, rather than buy gifts this season.

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DIY Country Soup Dry Mix

Country Dry Soup Mix Ingredients

  • 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

Country Dry Soup Mix Directions:

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. 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:

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  1. HALF of the uncooked macaroni
  2. Barley
  3. Peas
  4. Rice
  5. Lentils
  6. Onion
  7. Parsley
  8. Salt
  9. Lemon pepper
  10. Bouillon
  11. Alphabet pasta
  12. HALF of the uncooked macaroni
  13. 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.

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. Teachers, hostess gifts, and friends this is a wonderful way to treat the folks who make your life sunnier.


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