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Multi-Bean Soup

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This thick, hearty soup is out-of-this-world delicious! Although the beans require presoaking and the soup must cook for hours, the results are well worth it.

NotesFor pint jar, use half the ingredient amounts.

Decorating the Jar:

To add the finishing touches to your jarred mix, simply center the chosen fabric square on the lid of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Then wrap your chosen tie around the rubber band twice, covering the band, and knot the tie to hold it in place.

Using a hole punch, make a hole in the tag and slide the tie through the hole, threading it through once or twice and tying it off with a bow. If you’ve chosen to photocopy the boxed tag provided with each recipe, you may want to fold the left side of the tag over the right before punching a hole in the top left-hand comer. This will allow you to thread the tie through two layers of paper, attaching your tag securely to the jar.

Finally, to make your Mason gift jar even more special, you may want to use the same ribbon or twine to attach an item that can be used when preparing the particular recipe. Wooden spoons, wire whisks, and cookie cutters are possible choices. Your beautiful Mason jar mix is now done, ready for its lucky recipient!

8 (1 cup) servings

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timea day or more

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner

Type of Dishhot soup, soup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup kidney beans
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup red beans
  • 1 cup green split peas
  • ½ cup lentils
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) stewed tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Creating the Jar:

  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar.

  3. Place all of the seasoning in the jar shown at left in a plastic sandwich bag. In another sandwich bag, place the aplit pea and lentil, and shake to mix.

  4. Layer the ingredients in the jar as shown at left, pressing firmly with a flat-bottomed object, such as a tart tamper of the bottom of a narrow glass, after each addition. Make the layers as level as possible.

  5. Secure the lid, and decorate as desired (see Notes). Attach the following instructions for making the soup:

  6. MULTI-BEAN SOUP

  7. Yield: 8 (1 cup) servings

  8. In addition to the contents of the jar, you will need to add the following ingredients:

  9. 6 cups water

  10. 2 cans (14 ounces each) stewed tomatoes

  11. Place the kidney, black, and red beans in a medium-sized pot or bowl. Add 6 cups boiling water, cover, and soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse the soaked beans, and place in a large pot with 6 cups fresh water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Add the tomatoes, and all of the remaining Jar ingredients. Simmer another 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and continue to simmer another 45 to 60 minutes, or until the beans are tender and the soup thickens. Serve hot. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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