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Updated: Thursday, 15 Dec 2011, 9:35 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 15 Dec 2011, 9:35 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Sometimes the best Christmas gifts are the ones you make yourself.
Food blogger and cook Georgia Johnson helps you do just that. Her blog, Comfort of Cooking , specializes in comfort food classics with a twist, and she shared a way to use your kitchen to make warm gifts for friends and family.
Johnson made a Hearty Bean Soup mix, that can be packaged in a jar, and given as a gift. All the recipient has to do is add a few ingredients, some heat, and some meat.
Hearty Bean Soup Mix
Makes 2 1/2 cups soup mix
1/4 cup beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup green split peas
1/4 cup pearled barley
1/4 cup dry lentils
1/3 cup red kidney beans
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup uncooked small, dry pasta
In a standard Mason jar, layer the bouillon, split peas, pearled barley, lentils, kidney beans, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, bay leaves and pasta. Seal tightly.
To give as a gift, attach a small card with the following instructions:
To make the soup:
1 pound ground beef or chuck roast, cubed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 1/2 quarts water
1 batch dry soup mix
Pat dry the ground beef or chopped chuck roast, then coat with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and soup mix. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until the pasta, peas, lentils, beans and barley are tender.
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