This is the first time I have ever reviewed a recipe I have gotten online. I am doing this for two reasons. Number one I felt bad that the creator of this recipe had no reviews. And number two this recipe was worthy of a good review. My family loved this soup!!! It was very satisfying and comforting. Something we were looking on the chilly day we made it. Only one change was made and that is only because I try to limit pork in our diets. So I replaced the pancetta with turkey bacon. I encourage others to try this tomatoless recipe whether or not can or can not have tomatos. In the words of my youngest daughter, "It was the BOMB!!!" (Meaning it was wonderful). Thank you Gourmand.