I use to hear Minestrone Soup and think “Oh jeeze, what all goes in that?” Well, unknown to me, the reason all minestrone soup seems to be different is because it is generally a soup that is created out of this and that around the kitchen. Now that I know that….it is much easier to make.
This particular recipe is going to be another pre-made, meal in a jar recipe that you can grab, add water and let cook for dinner. I firmly believe in food storage for multiple reasons and this is another great recipe that can be added to that pantry. 🙂
The key to a good Minestrone soup is the tomato base. In any meal in a jar you create, it is a good idea to put the powders in the bottom so you do not clog your food saver.
General tomato base recipe for all minestrone soup in a jar that I create: (Note: This tomato base recipe I got from Perbain.)
- 2/3 cup tomato powder
- 1/3 cup dehydrated onion flakes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 heaping tablespoon garlic granules
- 1/3 cup FD Instant red or black beans or a combination of both.
- 1/8 cup FD red/green bell peppers (Give or take according to your taste.)
- 2/3 cup FD ground beef or sausage (If you prefer a vegetarian soup then just replace this with you choice of FD vegetables.)
- 1 tablespoon beef bullion
- 1 cup Orzo (Or any tiny pasta will do. If you have kids the ABC pasta is fun.)
- 3/4 cup FD mixed Vegetables
- 1/4 FD Mushrooms
- 1/4 cup split peas
- Salt is optional. I prefer to add it when I cook the soup.
Some alternative ingredients can be Lima beans, chick peas, potatoes, green beans, diced tomatoes, celery, spinach, lentil beans, the possibilities are endless.
(Note: I want to stress that you can make this mix with any vegetables you want to add as long as you have your tomato base recipe in the bottom. You do not have to follow this to a tee, however, you might have to play with your recipe until it fits in your quart jar accordingly. Should you come up with a successful recipe you would like posted, feel free to email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive full credit.)
After adding all your ingredients to the jar and pressing down so it will fit. Place Oxygen absorber on top and seal with your vacuum sealer. Voila!! All done and will last years on your shelf.
(Writers note: When vacuum sealing your jars, you do not HAVE to add an Oxygen absorber as the vacuum seal sucks all the air out. I do it just to be safe and for my peace of mind.)
Ready to cook instructions: (Tape these directions to outside of jar with date of creation.)
Pour contents of jar into a large pot with 8 cups of boiling water. Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until noodles and beans are done.
- You can add more pasta, salt or bullion if you so desire.
- If I have a beef, vegetable or chicken broth I will substitute a cup of water with a can of these just for added flavor.
- If I am adding more pasta I will add more broth or water.