Dry Soup Mix: Pasta Fagioli Soup is a great staple to have ready to go in the pantry this time of year!
I’ve recently started preparing my own DIY seasonings and of course that led me to trying out some prepared dry soup mixes.
This time of year, they will fit in on the menu just about any day!
You will need dry beans for this recipe, since you’re preparing it to be shelf-stable.
I prefer to store my dry ingredients in glass jars for several reasons.
First, they look nice and clean on the shelf! I like opening my pantry and seeing these pretty clear glass jars.
Second, if something is store in plastic for long lengths of time, there’s really no telling if some of the plastics can break down over the long term.
I wanted to give an example of how you can do a 1-2 serving Pasta Fagioli Dry Soup as a gift. Just take a quart mason jar and line up the ingredients evenly in layers.
If you have kids, you may have to make sure they aren’t right there and try to shake up the jar. 🙂
Attach the label and seal, remembering to include the cooking instructions, which can be found below!
Pasta Fagioli Dry Soup Ingredients to Have:
If you don’t have these in your pantry, gather your spices first. You will need:
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Flakes
- Whole Bay Leaves
- Crushed Red Pepper
The small spices can go in a Ziploc bag, so you can toss it in the pot with your beans and pasta.
If you’re just packing these dry soup mixes for your own pantry, you can label the plastic bag and attach it to the soup mix jar, or if you’re super organized just keep them together.
Confession- my pantry does NOT stay that organized. I would find this small Ziploc bag somewhere in the back of the pantry, long lost. LOL.
So my solution is just to stuff the Ziplock right into the top of the Mason Jar. That’s It!
This method also works for gifting the dry soup mix to others.
How to Gift Dry Soup Mixes
I think this looks so cute and honestly would love to make several of these just to have them happily lined up together in the pantry!
Follow the first half of the instructions within the recipe below, on how to assemble this mix.
Attach a holiday themed ribbon for gifting.
Some ideas for this gift:
- Teacher gift
- Sunday School teacher or church worker gift
- Santa exchange games
- Add to a gift basket
- College student or single adult
- Office gift exchange or co-worker gift
- Neighbor gift- especially elderly who would like to prepare a soup for 1-2!
- Hostess gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas events
I like the idea of handwriting the ingredients and directions for the soup to make it more personal, but you can also print the instructions off and tuck into a small card.
Don’t Forget to include the instructions, or the entire recipe!
How to Make the Soup:
Most of this post is how to prepare a dry mix, but there are a few notes I wanted to include about making the actual soup itself.
The most important thing is to keep the pasta separated while the beans cook. You can cook your beans in the Instant Pot if that’s what you prefer, or just do them the traditional cook and soak way, which is what I included in the recipe.
If you haven’t yet made beans in the Instant Pot, you can head over to see my Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe. It should be the same process.
Cooking them on the stove in a stock pot is also super easy, but you have to allow them time to soak. This is a step you can’t skip! 🙂
After the beans are done, throw in all the other ingredients and also your spice packet. Then, during the last ten minutes, the pasta can join the other ingredients.
I think Pasta Fagioli is one of those great soups for winter since it can just be simmering on the stove all afternoon, smelling delicious, and warming up the kitchen on a cold day. I hope you can enjoy this one soon!
- 1 cup small pasta shells
- ¾ cup pinto beans
- ¾ cup kidney beans
- ¾ great northern or navy beans (white)
- ¼ cup parsley flakes
- 1/3 cup dried diced onion
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- Additional Ingredients:
- 1-28 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 6-8 cups water
You will need (1) Quart sized jar and 1 zip top sandwich bag to prepare the dry soup mix.
To Make Dry Soup Mix:
Carefully add pinto beans, kidney beans, and great northern or navy beans (white) beans into the Quart Mason jar, adding 1 layer at a time.
Add pasta into the jar, either at the top or at the bottom. The pasta will not need to cook the same length of time as the beans, so you don't want them to mix together in the jar.
Separately, mix your dry seasonings in a small bowl: parsley flakes, dried diced onion, basil, oregano, Rosemary, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and black pepper.
Place seasonings in one of the bags, press out air and seal. Set inside the top of the jar.
Instructions To Prepare Soup:
Empty Beans from Jar and add to large stock pot. Add 6-8 cups of water and boil covered for about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let beans soak for about 2 hours.
Drain beans, return to stock pot, Crock Pot or Instant pot (whatever pot you are using to make the soup).
Add 6 cups of water and all of seasoning packet. Cook for about 1-1.5 hours, or until beans are fork-tender.
Add in the rest of your ingredients, excluding pasta: Canned diced tomatoes, carrots, celery should all go into the pot at this point.
Simmer 30 minutes before adding pasta.
Finally, turn heat to medium and allow pasta to cook to al dente, about 8 more minutes.
Turn off heat and serve.
To eat, follow Instructions To Prepare Soup above. Enjoy!