Friendship Bean Soup Mix

Friendship Bean Soup Mix

Mix five or six on pound packages of the following beans in a large bowl. Fill pint jars with the beans. Cover and decorate jars with cloth covers and ribbons. Attach a soup or wooden spoon and a direction card. A cute gift basket idea is a jar of soup mix, a jar of cornbread mix (recipe on this page), a can of Rotel tomatoes a pot holder and wooden spoon...the ideas are endless. Have fun with it! Your friends will be thrilled when they receive their basket.

*Red Kidney Beans

*Small White Beans

*Split Green Peas

*Black Eyed Peas

*Pinto Beans

*Black Beans

*Lima Beans

*Navy Beans

Friendship Bean Soup Directions:

1 jar Friendship Bean Soup Mix

4 cups water

1 slice bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 can Rotel Tomatoes

8 ounces ham or smoked sausage, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 bay leaves if desired

Mix soup mix and water in a large pan and soak for 8-12 hours (overnight). Add bacon, onion and garlic. Cook for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in Rotel Tomatoes and ham or sausage and bay leaves if desired. Cook for one hour or until beans are done. Season with salt and pepper.