As we continue our month of JOY-uary, we found another way to spread a JAR of JOY! This is easy to make and can be a sweet gift for someone. Make a dozen of them to have on hand for someone recovering from surgery or just to brighten someone’s day! I added half a cup of corkscrew pasta because the jar wasn’t full. You could add more barley to fill it instead.
Italian Barley Soup Mix in a Jar
In a Jar, layer these ingredients in the order listed in a wide-mouthed pint jar:
- 1 cup pearled barley
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes
- 1 TBS dried chopped onions
- 1 TBS dried minced garlic
- 2 TBS dried basil
- 1 TBS dried oregano
- 1 TBS dried parsley flakes
- ½ cup pasta to fill (optional)
- 1 bouillon cube (I used beef, but you can use veggie)
Instructions for cooking the Italian Barley Soup from mix: Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water and one 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve topped with grated Parmesan. Season to taste. If you want to take it up a notch, add a pound of fried crumbled ground beef.
Here’s a downloadable tag to attach to the jars.