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PALOUSE SOUP MIX

      2-1/2 c. green split peas (16 oz. pkg.)
      2-1/2 c. lentils (16 oz. pkg.)
      2-1/2 c. pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.)
      2 c. alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.)--I use brown rice instead
      1 c. dried onion flakes (2 3/8-oz. pkgs.)
      1/2 c. celery flakes (1 3/8-oz. pkg.)
      1/2 c. parsley flakes (1 1/4-oz. pkg.)
      (Optional: 1-1/2 t. thyme; 1-1/2 t. white pepper)

      Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-
      fitting lid. Stir before using. Makes 10 c. of mix.

      TO COOK: Combine 1 c. of soup mix with 4 c. of water or
      seasoned stock in large pan. Add 1 c. of cooked chopped
      meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and
      cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until peas
      are tender. Add 1/2 t. salt if desired.

      MINESTRONE VARIATION: Combine 1 c. of soup mix with a 16-oz.
      can of stewed tomatoes, 2 to 3 c. water or stock, 1 chopped
      carrot, 1 to 2 chopped potatoes, and 1/2 t. basil.
      (Optional: 1 clove minced garlic). Bring to a boil. Reduce
      heat to low and cover pan. Simmer 45 to 60 minutes or until
      peas are tender. Add 1/2 t. salt, if desired.

  marika