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Layered Lentil Soup in a Jar

layered lentil soup in a jar Entree
Layered Lentil Soup in a Jar
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4

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.

Updated July 28, 2011
Progresso Broth
Make with
Progresso Broth

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 1/2 Cups)
Calories
280
Calories from Fat
15
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1 1/2g
2%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
960mg
40%
Potassium
840mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
43g
14%
Dietary Fiber
12g
48%
Sugars
3g
Protein
22g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
40%
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 Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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