What a great and easy recipe! My family really liked this. Some, however, want me to go easy on the thyme next time, but I thought it was perfect! I did make it easier and used 8 slices of the ready-cooked bacon and diced some grilled chicken breast strips from the freezer. I think this serves more than 5-8 people, though. It filled my 6 quart dutch oven! Thanks for posting.