My family and I were actually moderately disappointed in this recipe, given the outstanding reviews. We thought it turned out lumpy, grey, bland, and a bit greasy. The flavor was good, however - it just needed a bit more kick!
I had made a big double batch so after having some for dinner I doctored the rest. I took veggies (2 leeks, 4 carrots, 3 zucchini, 1/2 green bell pepper, and a 6oz package sliced baby portabello mushrooms) and sauteed them in a bit of butter until tender crisp. Then I added enough water and simmered them 20 minutes. I added this to the soup along with a dash or two of cayenne, 2 tsp dried parsley, and a couple cloves of garlic. It turned out quite good!
I would make this again, but I would make it the 'doctored' way. I would also definitely use cubed meat or stew meat instead of ground, to avoid the lumpy grey look. It is great as something quick and easy on a hectic winter evening; but if I'm bothering to make soup I would rather take the time and make it really great instead of tasting no better than prepackaged. Thank you for sharing it!
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My family and I were actually moderately disappointed in this recipe, given the outstanding...