Hmmm. This was just "OK" for me, although my fiance liked this a LOT!!! I found my soup to be terribly bland. It's probably just me though, lol. :-) I must say, this recipe is not only versatile (add or remove any items you see fit), but also economical AND easy to prepare (just allow plenty of time for it). To speed preparation even further, I used my mini food chopper/processor to chop my onions - and thank goodness I did (WOW, did my eyes water!!!)!!!!! Since I halved the recipe, I only ended up using 3 large celery stalks. I decreased the amount of meat (I used a 1.10 lb. package of good 'ol ground chuck, drained/rinsed thoroughly) by nearly a half pound. Oh, and I added a bit of the "juice" from my jar of bottled garlic since Ivan didn't specify otherwise.... I am confused by the multitude of comments that speak of using (or not using) beef consomme. It is not one of the ingredients of this soup! Perhaps Ivan made an ingredient change after the fact and then reposted his recipe??? Anyways, I thought this was good, but am certainly not jumping out of my seat to make it again. I prefer Andrea's pasta fagioli (but my fiance thinks I have bad taste in general hahaha!). If I make this again, it will certainly be for him, not me (sans the beans - he felt they added nothing to the soup). Served with warm French bread to sop up the broth, this was a hearty meal. Thanks for sharing, Ivan! I'm sure your FIL has many excellent recipes that you can share with us! :-)
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Hmmm. This was just "OK" for me, although my fiance liked this a LOT!!! I found my soup to be...