Nothing tastes as good as home made soup on a chilly day. This delicious bean soup is quick and easy to make. The ingredients fit nicely into a mason jar to make a tasty hostess gift or Christmas gift.
This ‘soup’er Sunday recipe comes from Garden Therapy’s ebook of Homemade Gifts. The original printable recipe is here. I purchased all the ingredients at the Bulk Barn and made up some jars in no time. To put together two gift jars it cost less than $4.50 It took me longer to design a label with the cooking instructions to add to the jar.
The ingredients were measured out and layered into the jar. I used a Classico jar that had alfredo sauce in it. There are six varieties of beans, all different colours to make the jar appealing to look at. If you can’t find the specific beans listed you can substitute other varieties. The five spices (use gluten free ones) were added to a small bag. After the beans I added the vegetable bouillon cubes (gluten free) on top and then tucked the spice bag on top of that. Then the lid was firmly screwed into place.
I chose a piece of fabric, traced a circle big enough to fit the lid and overlap and tied it over the top of the lid. I added a little loop of tape to the centre of the lid to hold the material in place. I didn’t want to use Christmas material, as even though these are being given as gifts they might not be used till later in the winter.
The label has the cooking instructions on it.
Rinse the beans, cook for 1 hour, rinse again, add water, spices and a can of tomatoes and cook for another hour or until beans are soft. Remove the bay leaf. The next part isn’t in the recipe but just something I like to do with soups. I take some of the beans and liquid out and blend it and then mix it into the remainder of the soup. This gives it a bit thicker consistency. Enjoy.
Be sure to check that any ingredients you add are gluten free.
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