I'm not a fan of mild (or bland for that matter), so I added 1/2 teaspoon cumin and some Indian-spiced salt that my 10-year-old nephew made me for Christmas. That spiced up half the recipe quite enough, thanks! At first I thought the amount of flour was going to either turn the soup lumpy or make it taste like raw flour, but neither of those things occurred and I was pleased. Of course I diligently made sure the flour was cooked a while, and slowly (1/4 cup at a time) whisked the broth in with the flour. Both those things were key. Given that it turned out the way it should have, I think this deserves 5 stars! I really liked the taste too, and decided I like soups thickened with flour as it's a healthful alternative to cream or half and half. I also like to blenderize some or all of the veggies to make a thicker soup, but had I done that here the soup wouldn't have turned out so pretty! Thanks Ms.(Mrs.?) B!