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This recipe makes enough for six gift bags
or jars of tasty bean and pasta soup mix.
Bean-Pasta Soup Mix
3/4 cup dried onion flakes
2 (1/2-ounce) jars dried celery flakes
1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
3 tablespoons dried basil leaves
3 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 (2 1/4) ounce jars beef-flavored bouillon granules
1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas
1 (16-ounce) package dried black beans
1 (16-ounce) package dried kidney beans
1 (16-ounce) package dried navy beans
1 (16-ounce) package small shell pasta, uncooked
- Combine first 7 ingredients; divide evenly,
and place in 6 airtight
plastic bags. Add 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 teaspoon bouillon granules
toeach bag. Label "Herb Mix" and seal.
- Combine black-eyed peas and next 3 ingredients;
divide evenly and place in 6 airtight plastic bags. Label "Bean
Mix" and seal.
- Place 1/3 cup pasta into 6 airtight plastic
bags. Label "Pasta" and seal.
- Place 1 bag herb mix, 1 bag bean mix,
and 1 bag pasta in a gift container; repeat procedure with remaining
Makes 6 (3-bag) gifts.
DIRECTIONS FOR GIFT RECIPE CARD:
- Sort and wash bean mix; place in a Dutch
oven. Cover with water 2-inches above beans; soak 8 hours or
- Combine beans, 3 quarts water, herb mix,
1 carrot, chopped, and 2/3 cup chopped cooked ham in Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 2 1/2 hours, stirring
- Add 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can stewed tomatoes,
undrained, and pasta; cook 15 to 20 minutes.
Note: To use the quick-soak method, place
beans in a Dutch oven; cover
with water 2-inches above beans. Bring to a boil. Remove from
heat; cover, and let stand 1 hour. Drain.