Out of all of the BigOven recipes I've tried so far, this was my first dud. Just not a lot of flavor to speak of here, even with the extra clove of garlic I added. If making this for the first time, I suggest adding a lot more fresh herbs, like thyme, rosemary, oregano & basil. Go for about 2 tbsp of ALL FOUR. Otherwise this dish is just too bland.
Used this as a jumping off point.Omitted the peas and potatoes to lower the carbs. I also used dried beans that I soaked for 8 hours. When the beans were done I put About one third of them in the blender and then added them back in to give the soup a better consistency. My husband loved it and he's a picky eater.Even my 3 year old granddaughter thought it was delicious. Beepa
This is a wonderful soup and I give it five stars without hesitation. Used it to finish off a nice ham made for 2012 new year's day meal. I didn't have potatoes on hand so I tossed in a can of garbanzo beans and used a red pepper powder made by my friend Dennis in New England that he calls "Dragon Powder". Great combination and a delicious soup.