Diabetic Cooking

Hearty lentil soup mix

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours.


  • 3/4 cup uncooked fusilli macaroni (small twist macaroni)
  • 3/4 cup dried shiitake mushrooms, chopped or crumbled (approximately 1/2 ounce)
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese(not refrigerated Parmesan cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons sodium-free chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
  • Yield: 1 pint jar of mix
  • 1 pint jar of Hearty Lentil Soup Mix
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


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.

Instructions to write on gift tag:
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).

Yield: 5 cups.

Serving size: 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
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.