Give a Super Soup!

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Need a gift for teachers that they’ll actually use? Assemble the dry ingredients for this warming winter soup in a jar, add a hand-made note from your child, and tie it all with a pretty ribbon for a perfect gift. Thanks to High Five magazine for the suggestion!

First, the full recipe, because you’re going to want to make a batch of this soup at home, too:

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  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium vegetable bouillon cubes, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tricolor rotini or fusilli pasta
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked and chopped Gardein chickn
  • 1/2 cup oyster crackers
  1. In a large pot, combine the bouillon, parsley, onion, black pepper, thyme, celery seeds, garlic powder, bay leaf, pasta, carrot, celery, chickn, and 6 cups water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Uncover and remove the bay leaf; continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with the oyster crackers!

To prepare the soup as a gift, have your child help layer the ingredients from the bouillon through the pasta in a 1-quart clear glass jar. Travis loved adding in the herbs:

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And untwisting caps to smell each one before we added it!

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Place the oyster crackers in a small zip-top plastic bag, and nest atop the other ingredients. Put the lid on the jar and tighten.

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Write out the recipe instructions on a recipe card (Note: teachers will supply their own carrots, celery, and chickn when the time comes).

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Have your child decorate the index card with crayons or stickers. Of course Travis needed to help punch a hole in each index card.

Super Soup (6)Now slip a ribbon through the hole and secure around the lid of each jar.

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Think that your kid’s teacher would prefer something sweet to something savory? Check out the Rocky Road Brownies we used for a gift mix last year!

Don’t forget to save the recipe and make a big pot of this for your own family, too.

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