We’ve made it… it’s the final week before Christmas. If you’re like me, you’re done-ish with Christmas shopping, and you’re close to being done-ish with your wrapping. The kids are amped up: there are team parties, dance studio parties, preschool parties, and family parties. And you, my friend… you need an easy dinner.
And guess what. If you make a bunch of these this weekend, you’ve got gifts for co-workers, new moms, overwhelmed moms, college students, stay-at-home dads, grandmas. You’ll be super popular. You’re welcome.
Here’s the how-to:
Line up a bunch of ½ pint mason jars on your kitchen counter. Then layer in the dry ingredients. That’s it. You could tie a little plaid ribbon around the jar or something like that. Heck, you could tie a cute vintage spoon with it. I just thought of that, how cute would that be?! When you or the recipient of these cute little jars are ready to cook, just add a can of diced tomatoes, 1 lb of cooked meat (I prefer sausage, of course), and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and have a Cool Yule.
Soup in a Jar
1/4 cup split peas
1/8 cup chicken bullion
1/8 cup pearl barley
1/4 cup dry lentils (I used pretty red, but any color will do)
1/8 cup onion flakes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup white rice
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
6 cups water
1/2 – 1 lb cooked meat (I used Hillshire Farms sausage for extra flavor but I bet chicken would be delicious, too.)
- If making jars ahead of time, layer all dry ingredients in half-pint mason jar.
- When ready to cook, combine all ingredients in a stock pot. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.