Italian Style Bean Soup Mix

Recipe by PaulaG
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • To made the mix: layer the beans in a 1 quart jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Combine the onion, basil, bouillon cubes, parsley, garlic and pepper in a small food storage bag; close bag.
  • Place the seasoning bag over the beans, spreading out bag to cover beans; add pasta shells.
  • Close jar, cover top of jar with fabric; attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.
  • Attached directions to preparing soup to jar.
  • Soup:
  • Remove the pasta and seasoning packet from jar; set aside.
  • Place the beans in a large bowl; cover with water and soak for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain beans; discarding the water.
  • Combine the 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 beans are tender.
  • Add the pasta and spinach; cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • Season to taste, serve with grated Parmesan cheese.