I made this a couple of days ago and I think it's a good base recipe. I did make a lot of changes. I used more broth, one more rib of celery, balsamic vinegar and red wine instead of the white wine. I used only one bay leaf (it had a strong bay leaf taste, so I definitely wouldn't use two). I doubled the garlic, added a dash of cumin, a couple of tablespoons of hot sauce, and eliminated the carrots and parsley because I don't like them. I used a frozen pepper/onion blend instead of fresh onions and I didn't cook any of the vegetables first. I just put all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it cook on high for about 5 hours and low for another 2. I didn't have to add any additional liquid because I like my soup thick. If you like a thinner soup, you might have to add more broth or water.
I will say that if you don't like tomato based soups, you will NOT like this unless you make changes. The crushed tomatoes and bay leaf make it remind me of how spaghetti sauce tastes. The main reason it didn't get 5 stars is because it still seemed like it was missing something. Next time I will add some ground beef or stew meat and see if that helps.
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I made this a couple of days ago and I think it's a good base recipe. I did make a lot of...