|Minestrone Soup Mix|
Soup is the perfect comfort food. This gift mix is packaged in two containers as the macaroni is packed separately. The ingredients for the soup look very appealing layered in a glass jar.
1/4 cup dried split peas
Combine the bouillon cubes, dried herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to blend. Place mixture into a small sandwich-size zipped-top plastic bag; seal and label. Layer the beans in an airtight container and place the spice package on top. Place the macaroni in a separate airtight container.
Another idea for packaging this gift mix is to use an airtight glass container that is large enough to hold all of the ingredients. Place the spices and pasta in separate zipped-top plastic bags, and place over the layer the beans.
1 package Minestrone Soup Mix
Remove the packages of spices and macaroni and set aside. Rinse the beans and remove any shriveled pieces. Drain. Place 8 cups of water into a large stockpot and add the bean mixture. Sauté the chopped vegetables in a small amount of oil for 3 to 5 minutes. Add to the soup, along with the diced tomatoes and spice mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add the elbow macaroni and simmer for an additional 30 minutes or until soft. Add the sliced sausage and simmer until the sausage is heated.