Layered Lentil Soup in a Jar

Here's a simple food gift idea that is sure to bring warmth to the recipient. You'll enjoy a bowlful on a cold day too! Make it your way with the quick and easy variation below.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

Mix

1
pint glass jar with lid
1
cup dried red lentils, sorted
2
tablespoons julienne-cut smoked sun-dried tomatoes (from 3-oz package)
2
tablespoons cooked real bacon pieces or bits (from 3-oz jar)
1
bay leaf
1/2
cup dried brown lentils, sorted
2
teaspoons dried minced onion
1
tablespoon parsley flakes
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves

Soup

1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth (4 cups)
1
cup water
3/4
cup sliced carrots, if desired

  • 1 In glass jar, place 1/2 cup of the red lentils; top with sun-dried tomatoes and bacon pieces. Place bay leaf, stem side down, against side of jar. Layer brown lentils over bacon; top with dried minced onion, parsley flakes, basil and remaining 1/2 cup red lentils. Cover; refrigerate until ready to make soup or up to 2 weeks.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, place contents of jar. Stir in broth, water and carrots. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Expert Tips

When giving the mix as a gift, write the following cooking directions on a label and attach to the jar with ribbon—To make soup: Place contents of jar in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in 1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth, 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sliced carrots, if desired. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Recipe Variation Lentil Soup with Mixed Vegetables: When making the soup, stir in 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms and 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 1/2 Cups)
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
15),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
960mg
960%;
Total Carbohydrate
43g
43%
(Dietary Fiber
12g
12%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
40%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.