The Ospidillo Cafe House Soup

"This is the one you want when you're tired, you don't have a lot of time, and you don't know what in the world to fix for dinner -- pretty much makes everyone happy. Adjust the vegetables based upon what you have on hand. This soup is essentially a bright-tasting, hamburger-based minestrone. Enjoy, my brothers and sisters. *.*"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins


  • 1 12 lbs ground chuck
  • 2 Italian sausages, casings removed (about 1/3 pound, I use "sweet")
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 34 teaspoon chicken flavor taco seasoning (or, sub. mix of 1/2 chili powder, 1/2 poultry seasoning for a total of 3/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 ounces green beans, canned, drained
  • 30 ounces canned stewed tomatoes, with juice
  • 15 ounces canned potatoes, drained
  • 15 ounces canned carrots, sliced, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 13 head cabbage, chopped
  • 32 ounces chicken broth, canned
  • 2 teaspoons tomato bouillon with chicken flavor (or, 2 large Knorr cubes)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic oil (I use the hot type or you can just mix oil and garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups egg noodles, cooked and cooled


  • In a large cooking pot, pour in the garlic oil, the ground chuck, the Italian sausage, and the onion. Brown the meat blend and drain the grease from the burger blend. Return it to the pot after draining.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except for the noodles and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer at a low boil for about an hour.
  • At the end of an hour, add the cooked, cooled noodles, simmer for five more minutes and serve. Some people may want more salt but I just let everybody add any further salt at the table.
  • NOTE: This soup goes great with oyster crackers or with a grilled swiss cheese sandwich.

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  1. Melanie Adrienne
    OH nummy nummy goodness! Perfect for our chilly northwest weather. THANKS Bone Man!
  2. Chef Lori
    I used fresh carrots and chorizo sausage to give it lots of flavor, and it was moreish! My DS and friend and I had 2 huge bowls each! Yum!
  3. Chef Shadows
    Made this two times now, once as written... second time using chorizo for the sausage! Both times 5 plus stars! Thanks Bone Man for a grand soup!
  4. Cook4_6
    Hearty soup, nice for a cold evening. Thanks for posting.


<p>I am a retired State Park Resort Manager/Ranger. <br /><br />Anyway, as to my years in the State Park System (retired now), I was responsible for 4 restaurants/dining rooms on my park and my boss at Central Headquarters said I should spend less time in my kitchens and more time tending to my park budget. I spent 25 years in those kitchens and worked with some really great chefs over those years, (and some really awful ones too!) <br /><br />I spent THOUSANDS of hours on every inch of that park and adjacent state forest (60,000 acres) and sometimes I miss it. But mostly I miss being in that big beautiful resort lodge kitchen. I miss my little marina restaurant down on the Ohio River too. I served the best Reuben Sandwich (my own recipe -- posted on 'Zaar as The Shawnee Marina Reuben Sandwich) in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky down there and sold it for $2.95. Best deal on the river! <br /><br />They (friends and neighbors) call my kitchen The Ospidillo Cafe. Don't ask me why because it takes about a case of beer, time-wise, to explain the name. Anyway, it's a small galley kitchen with a Mexican motif (until my wife catches me gone for a week or so), and it's a very BUSY kitchen as well. We cook at all hours of the day and night. You are as likely to see one of my neighbors munching down over here as you are my wife or daughter. I do a lot of recipe experimentation and development. It has become a really fun post-retirement hobby -- and, yes, I wash my own dishes. <br /><br />Also, I'm the Cincinnati Chili Emperor around here, or so they say. (Check out my Ospidillo Cafe Cincinnati Chili recipe). SKYLINE CHILI is one of my four favorite chilis, and the others include: Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili and, my VERY favorite, Dixie. All in and around Cincinnati. Great stuff for cheap and I make it at home too. <br /><br />I also collect menus and keep them in my kitchen -- I have about a hundred or so. People go through them and when they see something that they want, I make it the next day. That presents some real challenges! <br /><br /></p>
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