Striped Soup Mix

A pot of soup is not the kind of present you can wrap — but a beautifully layered jar of homemade soup mix is! Plus, you can make a lot of presents at once to use up all those beans.

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 30   |    Makes: 7 Servings


Measuring cup


7 unit 1-pound bags dried peas, beans, and lentils
7 unit bay leaves
7 unit pint-sized canning jars


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Carefully layer the beans in the jars, using 1/4-cup of each type of bean.
  2. Put 1 bay leaf in each jar, and screw on the lids.
  3. Add a ribbon and a gift tag that says:

Recipe Instructions

  1. Take out the bay leaf.
  2. Rinse the beans with cold water and then put them in a large pot. Cover them with fresh cold water and soak them overnight.
  3. Drain the beans, add them back into the pot with 6 cups fresh water or chicken stock, one 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes, 1 clove chopped garlic, and the bay leaf.
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer gently until all the beans are tender, about 2 hours.
  5. Add salt to taste.