December 9, 2011

Holiday Cheer Country Six Bean Soup Mix

Need a quick, last minute gift?  How about a Soup in a Jar?  This is an easy gift to put together and even easier to cook.  My family had it just this week when the weather turned cold in Houston.  BTW, I've also put the beans in a bag and it works just fine there, too!



Country Six-Bean Soup Mix


Ingredients for jar:

½ cup dried red beans
½ cup dried navy beans
½ cup dried pinto beans
½ cup dried baby lima beans
½ cup dried kidney beans
½ cup dried Great Northern beans
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
2 tsp beef bouillon granules
1 tsp dried minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
½ tsp dried oregano leaves
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp red pepper flakes

Directions for putting jar together:

Layer beans in a 1-quart food storage jar with tight-fitting lid. Slide bay leaves down the side of the jar. Place spices in a small baggie. Close tightly with a twist tie. Place bag on top of beans in jar and close jar tightly.

Cover the top of the jar with a decorative piece of fabric and attach recipe card with ribbon.

Recipe Card to include with jar:

1 jar Country-Six Bean Soup Mix
4 or 5 cups water
1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
8 oz smoked sausage links or 2 smoked ham hocks
Hot pepper sauce or red wine vinegar (optional)

1) Remove seasoning packet and bay leaves, set aside.
2) Place beans in large bowl or pot; cover with water and let soak 6-8 hours or over night. Drain beans, discard water.
3) Combine soaked beans, 4-5 cups water, tomatoes, sausage, contents of seasoning packet and bay leaves in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ to 2 hours, until beans are tender. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce if desired.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.

NOTE:  I put the bay leaf in the picture for contrast...do NOT eat the bay leaf. It should be discarded before serving the soup.


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7 comments:

Lynn LaFleur said...

This sounds really good! I love soup, especially now with the weather turning colder.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi Lynn. It is really good. I made it for my family on Wednesday.

Susan M said...

Just in time for soup weather

J.D. Faver said...

It looks wonderful, especially with our cool weather this week. It will have to be awesome good to knock out your corn chowder recipe from first place though. My granddaughters love that one. Thanks for the steady stream of great recipes from a book and food lover.
~J

TessStJohn said...

I used to make bean soup a lot...love it!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

J.D., hmmm, what Corn Chowder? You need to send that one back to me, unless it's the Turkey Corn Chowder...that is a good one.

marybelle said...

The jar all set up is beautiful. The soup looks nutritious & delicious.