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    1 hr 5 mins

    5 mins

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    ThatSouthernBelle's Note:

    Think of this as what a college student makes after the tuition and books bill has been paid. Not really a dish served for guests - just a soup you make when you're low on ingredients. Has a very strong "Greek" flavor and is more oily than other soups. From Adventures in Greek Cooking: The Olive and The Caper by Susanna Hoffman

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    1. 1
      Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and oregano and sauté until the onion wilts, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Stir in the tomatoes and sauté until they collapse, about 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the salt and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the tomatoes are very soft and the liquid is very dark, about 40 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the orzo and simmer until it is tender, about 5 minutes.
    5. 5
      Serve with grated cheese on top and shredded mint leaves.

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    • on October 23, 2007


      HEY!!! I make this all the I am not Greek and not poor and not a student. lol I do however use waaay more orzo. More like 1/2 cup. and I feed it to guests and they scoff it up. Dang it's a tasty one. I also use chicken broth if around.

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    Nutritional Facts for Manestra - Poor Greek Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (562 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 212.7
    Calories from Fat 127
    Total Fat 14.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.7 g
    Cholesterol 4.8 mg
    Sodium 683.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
    Sugars 6.2 g
    Protein 5.4 g

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