I love the mix-in-a-jar type gifts. They are practical, consumable, and usually taste good! Great gifts for that person who has everything and does at least a little cooking.
This recipe is so good that if I'm making one to give away, I make one for myself, too!
Layer in a quart jar the following order:
1/2 cup dry split peas
1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup lentils
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup brown rice
3/4 cup pasta
Attach the following recipe to the jar.
Take pasta out of jar first.
In large pot brown 1 lb ground beef.
Add 3 quart of water and 28 oz can of diced tomatoes.
Add all of jar ingredients except pasta. Simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Add noodles in the last 15 minutes.
If you don't like to use beef bouillon granules, omit them from the jar and change the water in the directions to beef broth.
I usually add a scrap of fabric to the jar lid before gifting it.