hi bgriddle, this was awesome! Have eaten the regular "loaded-up" soup and this is by far better and doesn't leave you bloated. It was a nice balance of different flavors! Made it the night before, & I had a bowl; then served it the next day -- wonderful!! Did add some chives as well. Thanks for posting, Diane :)
When I started to make this soup, I thought it needed butter with the flour, as adding milk to plain flour looked like paste. Eventually, I whisked away the lumps and kept on with it. The results were great. I used 1% milk, and made it the day before we were ready to eat it. It thickened up a lot, so I thinned it with water. My husband and 8 year old gave it high marks, too! Next time, I may add some chives, too!