Gift in a Jar: Italian Tomato + Pasta Soup Mix

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The following post is from Aunt Mary…

Grab a few Mason jars for this mix. You can make more than one gift with just one box of pasta.

Italian Tomato + Pasta Soup Mix Gift in a Jar Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups, Bow Tie or Rotini Pasta
  • 2 tbsp, Vegetables Flakes (dried)
  • 1 tbsp, Minced Onion (dried)
  • 1 tsp, Sugar
  • 1 tsp, Chicken Bouillon Granules (or 2 cubes)
  • 1 tsp, Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp, Minced Garlic (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp, Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup, Parmesan Cheese

Instructions to assemble the Jar mix:

  1. Place the pasta in your jar.
  2. Add all dried seasonings and spices.
  3. Place the lid on the jar and shake so the seasonings are mixed throughout.
  4. Put the parmesan cheese in a small Ziploc bag.
  5. Close the parmesan cheese bag with a twisty tie.
  6. Cut the excess plastic away above the twisty.
  7. Place the bag on top of pasta in the jar.

Once complete, cover the jar tightly with a lid. Add fabric, ribbon and the directions for the recipient to prepare.

Note: Due to the cheese, this should be given or used within a week of preparation.

Directions for Baking

Make a copy of the cooking directions below and place them on a card or label and attach to the jar.

:: 1 Jar, Italian Tomato and Pasta Soup Mix
:: 5 cups, Water
:: 1 can, Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz)
:: 4-6 slices, Crumbled Bacon
:: 1/2 package, Frozen Chopped Spinach (thawed)

  1. Remove the cheese packet from jar and set aside.
  2. Combine water and remaining contents of the jar in a large saucepan.
  3. Bring everything to a boil for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, spinach and bacon.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese.
  7. Makes 4-5 servings.

Be sure to prepare your Italian Tomato + Pasta Soup Mix within a few days or refrigerate since the Parmesan Cheese is perishable.

Find several other ideas to make your own gifts in a jar!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 06, 2010


  • alison - December 06, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    Thanks for such a WONDERFUL idea!!

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