Based on Parsley's review, I added some spices to combat the blandness -- a chicken boullion cube, some garlic, s&p -- but it still was pretty bland. I halved the recipe easily and cut the margarine (I used butter) to just 1 Tbsp. I like soups that are full of veggies, but DH & I both just felt this was "ok."
This was good. I used the optional peas. I would have liked it to be a little thicker, so I pureed about 1/3 of it and put 1 cup of the cheese right in the soup to melt and that helped. I know it's meant to be a more bland soup, but I thought it needed some type of bouillion, so I added a veggie bouillon cube (also some chopped onions...just preference). My kids did like it. I'll make this again w/ my few monir changes. Thanx for posting!