BASIC SOUP MIX

A mix of legumes and grains, you can make these jars of basic soup mix in bulk, for preparing soups and casseroles as you require. These jars are also ideal for gift-giving (don’t forget to include cooking instructions) – mixed as pictured, or layered into the jars.
   
Ingredients for BASIC SOUP MIX
Yield: 1 x 1 Litre Jar (4 Cups)
Pearl barley
1 1/4 cups
Green split peas
1 1/4 cups
Yellow split peas
1 1/4 cups
Red lentils
1/4 cup
    
METHOD:
1. Add each ingredient into a 4-cup-capacity jar to make a layered jar (or mix ingredients in a bowl and then pour into a jar).
2. Seal jar, label and store in the pantry until use.
     
How to Make Lamb Shank & Vegetable Soup:
1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan. Brown 4 lamb shanks until browned all over. Remove shanks from heat.
2. Cook 1 diced onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 4 sliced carrots and 4 celery stalks in the oiled pan until vegetables are tender.
3. Add pre-soaked basic soup mix, 5 cups beef stock and 4 cups of water to the pan. Bring to a boil.
4. Return browned shanks to pan, submerge and simmer (partially covered) for 2 hours or until shanks are tender. Stir occasionally.
5. Season with salt and pepper and serve sprinkled with fresh parsley on mashed potatoes.
   
Author: Megan Radaich          Image credit: Megan Radaich          
Publication: www.foodpreserving.org 
   
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