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Friendship Soup Mix

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dry split peas
1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dried minced onion
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup alphabet macaroni or other small macaroni

Additional Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
3 quarts water
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

1.In a 1-1/2 pint jar, layer the first 8 ingredients in 
the order listed.Seal tightly.

To prepare soup:
Carefully remove macaroni from top of jar and set aside.
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, brown beef; drain.
Add the water, tomatoes, and soup mix; bring to a boil. 
Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the 
reserved macaroni; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or 
until macaroni, peas, lentils, and barley are tender.

Makes 16 servings.