The Ospidillo Cafe Minestrone Soup
110 mins (prep 20, cooking 90)
26 ingredients
12 servings
This is a classic Appalachian dish, brought to this country as Italian immigrants flocked to the mountainous regions of Appalachia in the late 1800s to mine coal -- they brought their excellent recipes with them. Over time, local ingredients crept into such recipes, making them a part of the Appalachian culture and tradition. I have updated the ingredients to facilitate convenience. Like most Appalachian recipes, this one conveys two primary characteristics: major flavor and, it "sticks to your ribs". That is a complaint we often hear in regard to vegetable-based soups, "An hour later and I'm hungry again." Not so with this one. The critical ingredients of this recipe include the Italian sausage, the carrots (which provide a natural sweetness) and the Italian dressing dry mix. The vegetables could certainly be substituted to include zucchini, turnips, and perhaps even some chopped Rocket lettuce. If you're not crazy about tomato-based soups, simply use more chicken or beef stock and less tomato/vegetable juice. Enjoy!

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Serving Size (155.61 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 121.19 Calories from Fat 29.79
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.31g 61.03%
Saturated Fat 1.0g 59.72%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 1.42mg 5.67%
Sodium 8577.4mg 4288.7%
Total Carbohydrate 15.16g 60.64%
Dietary Fiber 3.23 g 155.24%
Sugars 8.71 g %
Protein 8.77g 210.41%
Vitamin A 335.41IU% Vitamin C 34.77mg%
Calcium 61.82mg% Iron 1.78mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
italian sausages, celery ribs, large carrots, stewed tomatoes, vegetable juice, broccoli floret, fresh basil leaves, italian salad dressing, chicken bouillon cubes, large, dried oregano, table salt, pasta shells


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