Chicken Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar: Great Gifts

Dec 5, 2009 by

Everyone appreciates  something from the kitchen!  And what better way to show the love this Christmas than to present your friends with comfort food for those winter nights:  Chicken Noodle Soup.

This recipe is meant to be placed in a Mason jar, and can be accompanied by various other soup accompaniments in a basket for presentation.  Your gift can be as simple as a jar with a hand-written tag containing instructions for putting the soup together, or you can decorate the jar with Christmas stickers or a label you have created using your computer and printer. The jars make wonderful gifts alone, or in the midst of a basket containing a variety of crackers, jams and kitchen accessories such as a pepper mill or dish towels.  It’s all up to your imagination and what you feel the recipient would enjoy!

Chicken Noodle Soup Mix in a Jar

2 tbsp dried minced onion

1/2 tsp. dried marjoram

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

3 Tbsp. chicken bouillon granules

2 tsp. celery flakes

1 tsp. freshly ground black peppercorns

4 cups wide egg noodles

1 large Bay Leaf

Wide-mouth 1-quart Mason jar

Method

Layer ingredients in the order given into a wide mouth 1-quart Mason jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next. Insert the Bay Leaf into the side of the jar, where it is visible.

Attach gift tag with these cooking directions.

Cooking Directions

1 jar Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
2 (5-oz) cans cooked chicken or 1 1/2 cups cooked, diced chicken

Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a stockpot or large pot. Add the Soup Mix. Break up canned chicken into small pieces (or use the diced, cooked chicken) and add to water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until noodles are tender.  Serve!

A variation of this soup would include adding 2 celery stalks and 3/4 cup of sliced carrots to the water and cooking for about 8-10 minutes before adding the chicken and jar mixture.  Then bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until noodles are tender.

Note: Because so many folks are on restricted salt diets, we leave any additional salt up to individual taste.

@Carolina Shortcut Chef

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