Palouse Soup Mix

2-1/2 cups green split peas (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 cups lentils (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 cups pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.)
2 cups alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.) or brown rice
1 cup dried onion flakes (2 3/8-oz. pkgs.)
1/2 cup celery flakes (1 3/8-oz. pkg.)
1/2 cup parsley flakes (1 1/4-oz. pkg.)

Optional:

1-1/2 teaspoons thyme
1-1/2 teaspoons white pepper
(Makes 10 cups of mix.)

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Stir before using.

Attach to Jar:

Palouse Soup

Stir contents before using.

To Cook: Combine 1 cup of soup mix with 4 cup of water or seasoned stock in large pan. Add 1 cup of cooked chopped meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until peas are tender. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, if desired.

Minestrone Variation:

Combine 1 cup of soup mix with a 16-oz. can of stewed tomatoes, 2 to 3 cups of water or stock, 1 chopped carrot, 1 to 2 chopped potatoes, and 1/2 teaspoon basil. (Optional: 1 clove minced garlic). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Simmer 45 to 60 minutes or until peas are tender. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, if desired.