This Pasta Fagioli soup mix in a jar is part of my series of making soups that can be stored in our pantries. Mark and I love a hot bowl of soup with a slice or two of homemade bread. What I like about this recipe is I made it a vegetarian soup mix in a jar, but you can always add some leftover cooked ground beef when you cook it yourself.
Don’t you love those meals you start in a slow cooker and it cooks throughout the day. You know dinner will be ready tonight with very little work? I sure do. This soup has a tomato base which is one of my all-time favorites, add some beans and a little pasta and it’s a little bit of heaven in a bowl.
When I make my sourdough bread, I freeze two loaves for soup night so it’s ready to go when the soup is cooked, life is so good! I thaw it the night before and it’s ready when the slow cooker finishes cooking my dinner.
Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix in a Jar
Kitchen Items You May Need
- Slow Cooker (I used a 3-1/2 Quart One)
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Quart wide-mouth mason jars (32-ounce) with lids and rings
- Funnel for jars
- Funnel for seasoning bags
- Seasoning Bags (these are the ones I purchased: 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches) or small baggies
- Twine for Tags
Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix in a Jar
Ingredients for the Jars
- Small pasta shells (I used Ditalini)
- Great white northern beans
- Pinto beans
- Kidney beans
- Minced Onion
- When ready to make:
- 10 cups water
- 28-ounces diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- Grated Parmesan cheese (as a garnish)
Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix in a Jar is the Perfect Gift
These are great stored in your pantry or you can gift them to a family who is expecting a baby or someone who is under the weather. Who doesn’t love a hot cup of soup, right? Nothing says love like homemade soup mix in a jar.
How to Assemble Jars
The first thing to do is gather the ingredients, of course, you can always add more of your own favorite spices.
Grab a wide-mouth one-quart mason jar (32-ounces) to layer some of the ingredients shown above. Start with the white beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans. Be sure and watch for small rocks in the beans.
Place the pasta in a baggie and place it on top of the beans. Place the seasonings in a small bag and close it. The seasoning bag will go on top of the pasta baggie and under the lid. It’s very tight, so squeeze the air out of the baggies. Seal the lid using a FoodSaver, if you so desire. Put the canning ring on and add some twine with a tag and it’s ready to put on your pantry shelf or give to someone in need.
How To Make Pasta Fagioli Soup
Please spread the beans out to look for rocks or debris, I didn’t find any today, but I have found some over the years.
Grab a strainer, and wash the beans thoroughly.
Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker (I used a 3-1/2 quart slow cooker).
Add the water, and turn it on high for 7 hours and then check the beans for doneness. Add the pasta, the tomatoes, and chopped carrots. Cook another 2-3 hours until the carrots and beans are tender.
Here’s the finished product, it’s a rich and savory soup with grated/shredded Parmesan sprinkled on top. I served it with my SourDough French Bread!
How To Store Leftovers
I love these Silicone One-Cup Divider Freezer Tray containers. I can pop one section (1-cup) out and put it in a bowl to microwave anytime. I use them for so many things. We freeze one-cup servings of leftovers all the time. The “meal” pops right out after freezing because it’s a no-stick silicone container.
Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix Recipe
- 1 cup small pasta shells (I used Ditalini)
- 3/4 cup dried white northern beans
- 3/4 cup dried pinto beans
- 3/4 cup kidney beans
- 1/4 cup minced dried onion
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon Celery salt
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 Bay leaf
- 10 cups water
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup of sugar (I always add a bit of sugar to my tomato based soups), this is an optional item.
Grab a wide-mouth quart mason jar (32-ounces) to layer some of the ingredients shown above. Start with the white beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans. Be sure and watch for small rocks in the beans. Place the pasta in a baggie and place it on top of the beans. Place the seasonings in a small bag and close it. The seasoning bag will go on top of the pasta baggie and under the lid.
When ready to cook, remove the seasonings, and the baggie with the pasta. Please rinse the beans before placing them in the slow cooker. Set the baggie of the pasta aside. Add 10 cups of water, and the seasoning bag to the beans in the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 7 hours or until the beans are almost tender. Add the diced tomatoes, chopped carrots, pasta, and cook on high for 2-3 more hours. Serve warm with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy.
What Jars Can I Use?
I use wide-mouth quart jars (32 ounces) because they are easier to fill and hold a bit more than regular-mouth quart jars. Although any 32-ounce jar would work, you may not be able to use a FoodSaver with them.
Should I use a FoodSaver to seal the jars?
Mark and I used a FoodSaver to seal the jars, but we didn’t add an oxygen absorber. It’s a personal preference, but we will eat these within one year, so I’m good with just sealing them.
Can I store my soup in bags?
Yes, you can store the soups in freezer bags if you want to take them to someone without giving up a jar. Just add a tag to it for the instructions. Keep in mind, sometimes pasta can tear through plastic bags.
How long will these jars store safely on my pantry shelves?
As a Master Canner Preserver, I always say if we make it, it’s a year. We don’t have the processing tools to store them long-term. But, we must be free to do what feels right for us. I only make what I will use up in one year, that’s how I roll.
Are there Gluten-Free Noodles?
Yes, a reader mentioned she uses Sam Mills Gluten Free Corn Pasta Lasagna Corte. Yay, for another option for our GF friends! Gluten-Free Pasta
My Soup In a Jar Series
I hope you are enjoying my soup mixes in a jar. If you want to make them in pint-size wide-mouth jars it would be very easy to cut the recipe in half. Mark and I like to make larger meals and freeze some for another day. My goal is to teach people how to use beans, pasta, and rice. We can do this, my friends, we must. You can always add your favorite cooked meat if you so desire. May God Bless this world, Linda