MY BIBLE GARDEN
BIBLE SOUP IN A JAR
For Cheri, who lost her recipe.
Can you guess which items in the jar are mentioned in the Bible?
(Hint: Lentils, onions, garlic, thyme, cumin, chicken, and barley).
If you want to make this soup vegetarian, use vegetable bouillon granules and vegetable broth. Soy sausage can be subbed for the smoked sausage.
Layer these in the jar as indicated below.
2 cups lentils (brown or a combo of brown, red or green)
Dried vegetable flakes from Knorr-Swiss vegetable soup & dip mix***
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes or minced dried onions
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 cup quick cooking barley flakes
1/4 cup plain sun dried tomatoes, diced (measure after dicing – I like to put these in a baggie since they’re somewhat moist)
** Place vegetable soup mix in a sieve, shaking to allow the powdered bouillon/flavoring to be removed.
Layer lentils, vegetable flakes, onion flakes, bouillon granules, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, cumin in a food storage jar with lid. (Or you can mix the oregano, garlic, thyme and cumin together and make one layer).
For gift tag: In large pot, place contents of jar, 12 cups chicken broth, 1 pound favorite smoked sausage, sliced, and 1 can, 14.5 oz, stewed tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, or until lentils are tender. If necessary, add more broth or water, 1/2 cup at a time to reach desired consistency. Garnish with Parmesan or favorite cheese. Serves 8-10.
Gilding the Lily: Stir in a few handfuls of fresh spinach after soup has cooked.