Put flavor packet ingredients into a sandwich-size plastic bag. Seal bag
with tie or ribbon.
Do the same with the rice and pasta. Place in jar with beans.
Type or print the recipe neatly on a small card, punch a hole in the corner, and attach with a ribbon to the jar.
Mexican Bean Soup
Rinse and pick over beans. Put into a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 1 hour.
Drain beans and return to pot. Add 8 cups water and contents of flavor packet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are firm-tender (time will vary depending on age of beans). Stir in rice and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Uncover, stir in pasta and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.