Minestrone Soup Mix

1/2 c. dried onion flakes
1/2 c. dried celery flakes
1/4 c. dried parsley flakes
2 tbsp. dried whole marjoram
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 c. beef flavored bouillon granules
1 lb. dried navy beans
1 lb. dried kidney beans
2 c. elbow macaroni

Combine first 8 ingredients; divide into 4 gift packages. Add 2 tablespoons bouillon granules to each package. Label and seal. Combine navy beans and kidney beans; divide into 4 gift packages. Label and seal. Place 1/2 cup macaroni into 4 gift packages. Label and seal. Present 1 package herb mix, 1 package bean mix and 1 package macaroni with recipe for minestrone soup.
Yield: 4 gift packages.

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To Make Minestrone Soup:

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain beans and rinse. Saute 1/2 pound hot Italian Sausage or ground beef in a large pan, add beans, 4cups water, 1 cup tomato sauce and the seasoning packet, and bring to simmering. Cook, covered for one hour. Add 2 cups sliced vegetables such as cabbage, green beans, onions, green pepper, carrots or yellow squash. Next, add macaroni and 1 tsp. salt. Cook, covered for 20 more minutes until vegetables are tender. *For vegetarian-style leave out meat and use more veggies