Savory split pea soup
Share your kitchen delights with this gift-in-a-jar! Suggest to your gift recipients that they add a bit of leftover ham or chicken when making this recipe. They'll have a hearty, thick soup simmering in no time.
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1 (16-oz.) package dried green split peas
1 (16-oz.) package dried lentils
1 (16-oz.) package pearl barley
2 cups orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 cup dried onion flakes
1 tbsp. celery seed
1/2 cup parsley flakes
1 1/2 tsp. thyme
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
To make the mix:
Mix all ingredients together. Store in pint jars with tight-fitting lids.
Makes 5 pints
To make the soup:
In a large pan, combine 2 cups soup mix with 8 cups water or broth. Add 2 cups chopped, cooked meat, if desired. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes or until peas are tender. Season with salt, if desired. This soup can also be made in a slow cooker; set on low and cook for 8 hours.
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