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SOUP RECIPE: Friendship Soup Mix

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-tsp 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 (12 cups)
1-can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

In a 1-1/2 pint jar, layer the first eight 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
Add the water, tomatoes and soup mix
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat
Cover and simmer for 45 min.
Add the reserved macaroni
Cover and simmer for 15-20 min. or until macaroni, peas, lentils and barley are tender

16 serving