I made a few of these Country Five bean soup mixes in a jar and gave them out as gifts. Of course, before I did that I made a ‘test batch’ for ourselves. The soup is simple and tasty and quite hardy. I love homemade soup. And even as easy as this is to make, it’s fantastic. I keep a few jars of the mix on hand for a quick and delicious soup any time. Now, granted, I don’t keep the fancy fru-fru versions of the jars in my own pantry for my own use. I save those to give away as special gifts for friends, neighbors and relatives.
All the recipient of your country five bean soup mix in a jar needs is a pound of smoked sausage (skinless, turkey… any kind will do), a can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, some water and little time! That’s it! In no time, they’ll be enjoying a bowl of delicious soup that looks, tastes and even smells homemade, like it should!
For the recipe card I just threw a little something together in Word. You can download it here. To print them I used Avery Personal Creations Textured Postcards (3380).
This recipe is based on a recipe from Savings Lifestyle.
Country Five Bean Soup Mix in a Jar
The jar ingredients (makes 1 jar)
- ½ cup dried kidney beans
- ½ cup dried navy Beans
- ½ cup dried pinto beans
- ½ cup dried lima beans
- ½ cup dried great northern beans
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 cubes beef bouillon
- 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
The recipient will need
- jar soup mix from above
- 1 pound smoked sausage cut into rounds
- 1 diced tomatoes with Italian spices
- 4-6 cups water
To assemble the soup-in-a-jar ingredients
- Layer beans into a 1 quart resealable jar.
- Place remaining ingredients into a resealable baggie and add to jar.
Instructions for cooking
- Remove spice packet from jar.
- Rinse beans in cold water and add to a large pot or Dutch oven.
- Add enough water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Add spices, tomatoes and sausage. You can brown the sausage first if you wish.
- Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours or until the beans are tender, stirring occasionally.
Nutritional values are approximate.