I first made this soup in November and have made it many many times since then. I start with the basic soup but almost always add something extra or different. Tonight I added a can of kidney beans and I chopped up a pound of asparagus and threw it in. It makes a really great, hearty soup. I have also made it with beef broth and strips of beef as the meat (I think I added a can of diced tomatoes to that too). It occurred to me as I was making it tonight that I should share this recipe with everyone.