ITALIAN SOUP MIX

A mix of legumes and grains, you can make these jars of Italian-style soup mix in bulk, for preparing healthy, hearty soups and casseroles. 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 ITALIAN SOUP MIX
Yield: 1 x 1 Litre Jar (4 Cups)
Dried black-eyed beans
1/2 cup
Dried borlotti beans
1/2 cup
Dried great northern beans
1/2 cup
Dried green lentils
1/2 cup
Dried green split peas
1/2 cup
Dried red lentils
1/2 cup
Dried yellow split peas
1/2 cup
Dried chickpeas
1/4 cup
Dried red kidney beans
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 Minestrone Soup: 
2 cups Italian soup mix
1 ham hock
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
240g tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
2 cups cabbage diced
4 cups hot water
1/4 cup risoni
1 cup small, shell-shaped dry pasta
salt
pepper
parmesan
1. Soak Italian soup mix for 6+ hours in water (then drain well).
2. Place pre-soaked Italian soup mix into a large pan with ham hock, cover with fresh water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.
3. Remove ham hock and chop meat into small pieces. Return meat to the pan with the soup mix.
4. Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté carrots, onion, celery stalks, fresh parsley and minced garlic for 5-10 minutes. 
5. Add tomato paste to the vegetable pan and cook until thick and sticky. Deglaze with a splash of red wine.
6. Add vegetable mixture, diced cabbage, hot water, risoni and small shell-shaped dry pasta to the soup pot. Stir to combine. Simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. 
7. Season with salt and pepper and serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
   
Author: Megan Radaich          Image credit: Megan Radaich          
Publication: www.foodpreserving.org 
   
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