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Friendship Soup Mix

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours

Makes

16 servings (4 quarts) per batch

"I layer this pretty, delicious soup mix in glass jars to give as gifts," relates Wendy Taylor of Mason City, Iowa.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried green split peas
  • 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta or other small pasta
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions

  1. In a 1-1/2-pint jar, layer the first seven ingredients in the order listed. Wrap pasta in a small sheet of plastic wrap; add to jar. Seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.
  2. To prepare soup: Remove pasta from jar and set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef until no longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta, peas, barley and lentils are tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 165 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 meat.

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