This was a great soup for a cold night. I've always loved bean and bacon soup, and this one is wonderful. I cut the recipe by four, as I didn't need the full amount. I didn't have any tomatoes, so I used a tablespoon of tomato paste instead, adding it after the vegetables and garlic had softened, and letting it saute until fragrant before adding the rest of the ingredients. I can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch!