Makes a wonderful gift for a new bride-to-be, a friend under the weather, or just to say thanks! And it tastes great, too! Decorate the jar with a fabric lid and/or a bow tied around the neck. Be sure to attach the cooking instructions to the jar.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Use a canning funnel or any funnel that has about a 2-inch neck. This will make it easier to fill the jar with the ingredients. Be sure to use a wide-mouth, 1-quart canning jar.

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  • Layer ingredients in the order given: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, small shape pasta, barley, lentils, rice, and enough tricolor spiral pasta to fill jar.

  • Attach tag with cooking instructions: In large kettle, brown 1 pound ground beef or stew beef cut into bite-size pieces in a little olive oil. Remove tricolor pasta from top of jar and reserve. Add the rest of the jar contents to the kettle with 12 cups water. Let come to a boil and simmer 45 minutes. Add tricolor pasta and simmer 15 minutes more. Serve with your favorite bread or rolls and a tossed salad.

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The nutrition for this recipe does not include ingredients not in the ingredient list, including the ground beef and olive oil.

Nutrition Facts

126 calories; 6.5 g protein; 23.6 g carbohydrates; 0.3 mg cholesterol; 591.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2003
This recipe makes a pretty gift and tastes great too! However 18 cubes of bouillon is WAY too much. 9 or 10 is plenty. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2006
I recevied this as a bridal shower favor. It was pretty and cute but only tasted okay. By the time the beans were cooked the pasta was mushy. So next time I would add the pasta in the last few minutes of cooking- which takes away for the appeal of everything being in one jar. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2003
This recipe makes a pretty gift and tastes great too! However 18 cubes of bouillon is WAY too much. 9 or 10 is plenty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2003
I made 12 of these for teacher gifts at Thanksgiving time. They are truly beautiful and are very much appreciated by those that receive them...one teacher's husband loved the soup so much I forwarded the recipe to her. My suggestion is to purchase ingredients in bulk at a BJ's or Sam's warehouse. I found the boullion and onion flakes to be very reasonably priced and I didn't have to make several trips to the grocery store. Also I've found that Mason jars are "seasonal" items and you may not find them in the dead of winter...I located them at a 'grain & feed' store which stocks them year 'round.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
This makes the prettiest presentation in a jar! I gave this as gifts this year. I split the lentils in half and used half green lentils and half red lentils. It was beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2004
This is great! Instead of using quart size jars I bought 24 pint size jars cut the recipe in half and followed the recipe. I then made 24 really fancy tags and attached them with a beautiful ribbon. I am giving these as party favors at a bridal shower I am throwing in a couple of weeks. Everyone who sees them just falls in love with them. I may have an easy inexpensive gift for next Christmas!! O and by the way I bought all the ingredients at a Bulk shopping center and it ended up costing me only.85 each!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2008
Looks really good with my modifications in my recipe note: as follows: watch out for msg--oh well couldn't find anything msg-free... I'm trying 250ml jars (very cute) with 4 servings of dry soup mix in each... omit ground beef instructions and put all pasta in top baggie to be set aside until soup almost done. simmer 45 add pasta simmer another 10. nummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2003
I found this soup to taste way too salty. Maybe if the amount of boullion cubes was cut be about half (maybe 9 to 12) since you do use 12 cups of water depending on your own personal preference for salt. I haven't tried it yet with less boullion but there is potential there for a great hearty soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2007
This is a great easy recipe. I gave it to family and friends for the holidays. I made it first to try and it was great... it made a lot!! I didn't add meat. I also left out the macaroni and only added the tri-color pasta at the end. It was easy and fun to put the jars together (I put the pasta in colored saran-wrap) and so far everyone has said they loved it! My brother said he added in a jar of canned tomatoes which he said was great. I have a couple left still from the holidays which I plan to use myself. Great recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2007
This will be a part of our gift giving again this Christmas. I customised it for my husband's men's bible study partners last year and remained it Brotherly Love soup. It made a great gift. Try processing dried tomatos with the seasoning in a food processor. The resulting seasoning mix can be pressed into a circular cake and used as a layer in the jar. This year I plan to further modify the seasoning mix to include freeze-dried refried beans and "tex/mex-ify" the herb blend. I'll add dehydrated corn and black beans to the dried lentils etc. My hope is to turn out a southwest chili-style version and rename the outcome Sopa Agape Noche Buena (Holy night brotherly love soup) or something like that. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS I GAVE THIS EVERY ONE WANTS TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT THANKS SO MUCH FOR A GREAT IDEA Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2006
I recevied this as a bridal shower favor. It was pretty and cute but only tasted okay. By the time the beans were cooked the pasta was mushy. So next time I would add the pasta in the last few minutes of cooking- which takes away for the appeal of everything being in one jar. Read More
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