Our most popular post ever… Soup in a Jar

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.

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Soup in a Jar

Ingredients:

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.)

Directions:

  1. If making jars ahead of time, layer all dry ingredients in half-pint mason jar.
  2. When ready to cook, combine all ingredients in a stock pot.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

Soup in a Jar ~ Dana

Sometimes life happens, doesn’t it?  Jen’s house was hit by the plague last weekend, causing the cancellation of the highly anticipated Memorial Day BBQ, complete with waterslide jumper.  Yesterday, after our pediatrician’s suggestion to start feeding the six-month-old yogurt, projectile vomiting ensued and I spent hours in the ER waiting room.

But it doesn’t have to be illness.  A flat tire, a confrontation with a co-worker, or even just too much laundry can make the task of cooking dinner a daunting task.

That is why I bring to you my newest discovery:  soup in a jar!  I came across the idea at Noodles and Nuggets and decided to give it a try.  The end result was so good that I wanted to share it with you.  It’s simple, it’s easy, and if you make a whole bunch of them, they can be super cute hostess gifts, housewarming gifts, or just anytime gifts.  But it’s so good that you might just keep all the jars in your pantry for yourself.  We won’t judge you for that.

In half-pint mason jars, layer the dry ingredients, recipe to follow.

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I did a little assembly line on my kitchen counter.  It was so fast and easy, and I bet that if you have older kids, it would be a fun project to do with them. My two-year-old, not so much.

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I love the different colors!  I used red lentils just to give the jars an extra pop.

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So on a night when dinner seems daunting, pop one of these little beauties in 6 cups of water, add ½ – 1 lb. of cooked meat (might I suggest some kind of sausage?) and a can of diced tomatoes, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.  Boom Baby.

Soup in a Jar

Ingredients:

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.)

Directions:

  1. If making jars ahead of time, layer all dry ingredients in half-pint mason jar.
  2. When ready to cook, combine all ingredients in a stock pot.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

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