Mason Jar Bean Soup Mix

Today’s guest post by Beth Hedrick talks about Mason Jar Bean Soup. This Bean Soup is delicious and includes five different kinds of beans!

Mason Jar Bean Soup Mix
No matter the types of beans used, bean soup
is the perfect gift for the holidays…or just because!

If you really need a last-minute gift and don’t have time to run out to the store, you might be able to make a bean soup mix from ingredients already in your pantry!

Bean soup mixes come in many varieties, so many, in fact, it may be challenging to find the one for you! Don’t fret, though. They all are delicious. Also, the recipient of your bean soup mix will find that the soup is not only delicious, but soothing to the soul. Here is one variation of a hearty bean soup:

Ingredients
1/2 to 1 cup of each:
kidney beans
northern beans
lentils
red beans
split green peas
You can layer this mix or just add it all in the jar together.  It is pretty either way!
For the seasoning mix
1 tablespoon of sweet pepper flakes
2 teaspoons of minced onion (dried)
1-2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon of parsley flakes (dried)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
3 tablespoons brown sugar
On a tag attached to the jar, write the cooking instructions:

Rinse the beans in a colander and add to a pot or Dutch oven.  Allow the beans to soak throughout the night after adding 4 cups of boiling water over them.  The next day, drain the beans, and put them back in the pot.  Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and allow them to simmer until the beans become tender (about 1 to 2 hours).  Add two 14.5 ounce cans of tomatoes along with the seasoning mix.  Cover and let simmer for 1/2 hour.  Then, uncover the soup and simmer for another hour so the soup can thicken.

This will make about ten cups of soup.

What a thoughtful gift for your loved one!  You can place the cans of tomatoes and baggie of seasoning mix in a basket along with a loaf of artisan bread for all to enjoy.

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