10 cups of water is way too much in this, and I didn't even use that much. I had to turn my crock pot on high for over 2 hours after I got home without the lid, AND add flour to thicken it up a bit, and even that didn't help much. However, this does have potential. I used about 6 cups chicken broth, and 2 cups water as the base, I used smoked sausage b/c it's what we had on hand that I needed to use up, and I left out the jalapeno. Lastly, I used 2 bay leaves, and omitted the basil b/c it just seemed more authentic that way. I am thrilled with how it tastes, and will make it with my changes again, however with less broth/water. Maybe a total of 5-6 cups. If I made this as written, I would probably rate it less (so I guess I'm cheating) b/c I don't think the basil would be the same as the bay leaves, and I think the broth added a lot of flavor, but with the changes I made I am giving it a 4 even though I would like it less "soupy".
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10 cups of water is way too much in this, and I didn't even use that much. I had to turn my...