This soup was hearty and delicious. I had to seriously scale the recipe down, though, as it really makes a lot! I scaled it for 2-3 people (which actually served more like 4-5), using 1-1/2 lbs. beef, etc. It went together very quickly, and just sat on the stove, smelling wonderful while it cooked. This would probably turn out well in a crock pot. The consistency was of a very thick soup. This made for wonderful meals! Thanks for sharing. Made for My 3 Chefs 2012.