Hello! It's that time of year to begin thinking about gift giving and thanking your loved ones for all of the wonderful things they do every single day. One way that I love giving back to others is by making gifts by hand! Handmade gifts can send a powerful message. There is nothing that brings me more joy than watching someone I love open a package with something I made inside. A simple look of gratitude and utter surprise will remain etched on your heart always.
I hope to instill this idea with my son as well. He is still small, so finding easy DIY gifts that he can help make, too, can be a challenge. He loves helping me in the kitchen, so I thought an easy stacked dry soup would be the perfect project for he and I to work on together. This dry minestrone soup is perfectly tasty, simple to put together, and costs hardly anything. I love a gift like that! Especially when you can gift it to someone who is maybe feeling under the weather. I like to accompany this gift with the extra fresh vegetables, canned preserves from my garden, and a homemade loaf of bread!
1/4 cup lentils
1/4 split green peas
1/4 cup black barley
1/3 cup powdered chicken or beef broth
2 tbsp parsley
3 tbsp onion flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1/2 cup pasta (elbow, mini shells, etc.)
In a clean, 18 oz mason jar, fill up with the ingredients in the order that they are listed. You can use any container that you like, just make sure that it has an airtight seal.
On a small card, fill out the following instructions for the soup recipient..."Fill a large pot with 8 cups of water, pour in soup mix. Add a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, 2-3 carrots, and 4 small potatoes. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 hour."
How easy is that! I hope you enjoy making this simple recipe and gifting it to your friends and family.