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    • Italian Bean Soup Mix

      1-1/2 cups dried Great Northern or navy beans
      1 tablespoon dried minced onion
      2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
      2 chicken bouillon cubes, unwrapped
      1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
      1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
      1/2 teaspoon black pepper
      1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      1-1/2 cup uncooked medium shells pasta

      Layer all ingredients in a large cone-shaped bag, Jar, or Vacuum
      Seal bag; seal & attach a tag with directions. If desired, Decorate
      Jar/Cone/Bag for what-ever occasion it was created for.


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      Italian-Style Bean Soup

      Makes 8 to 10 servings
      1 pkg Italian-Style Bean Soup Mix
      5 to 6 cups water
      1 cup pasta sauce
      8 ounces baby spinach leaves (optional)
      Salt and pepper

      1. Remove pasta, cheese and seasoning packets from jar; set aside.
      2. Place beans in large bowl; cover with water. Soak 6 to 8 hours or overnight. (To quick soak beans, place beans in large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak, covered, 1 hour.) Drain beans; discard water.
      3. Combine soaked beans, water, pasta sauce and contents of seasoning packet in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until tender.
      2. Add shells and spinach, if desired, to Dutch oven. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Season to taste. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

      Variations:
      Add 8 slices crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled or 1 package (15-ounces) frozen
      precooked Italian style meatballs (not in sauce).
      .

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      1. This recipe needs to clarify that the ingredients need to be kept separated in the jar.
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        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        This recipe needs to clarify that the ingredients need to be kept separated in the jar.
        Why does it need clarification, don't most people read the ENTIRE recipe before Starting it? If they don't they kind of deserve what they get, I mean, that is basic cooking 101.

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