Layer ingredients in a pint jar, beginning with macaroni and ending with oregano. You may use a funnel with a 2-inch neck (like a canning funnel) to fill the jar more easily. Press down ingredients after each addition (all ingredients will fit). Seal jar lid tightly.
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Hearty Lentil Soup
Combine contents of jar with water in a large pan.
Stir to mix well. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer 1 hour and 25 minutes, or until lentils are tender; stir occasionally. Before serving, stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. If desired, simmer longer for thicker soup, or thin soup with water (particularly refrigerated leftovers).
Calories: 137 calories, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 294 mg, Fiber: 4 g
Exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 starch. Carbohydrate choices: 2.