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Hearty Amish-Inspired Friendship Soup

1/2 cup dry split peas, sorted and rinsed
1/2 cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/4 cup dried minced onion
2 teaspoons McCormick’s Italian seasoning
1 cup small pasta
1 pound ground beef
3 quarts water
1 (28-ounce) can Hunt’s diced tomatoes

In a 1 1/2 pint jar, layer the first seven ingredients in order listed and seal.
Remove pasta from the top of the jar to be used later.
In a large pot, brown ground beef and drain.
Return cooked ground beef to the pot, add the water, tomatoes, and the remaining soup ingredients except the pasta.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
Add pasta and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta, peas, lentils, and barley are tender.
Source :  allrecipes.com