I followed this pretty well as is and I just did not get much in the way of flavour from it. It was very bland. Even after adding liquid heat to it, it still just did not have what I was looking for. Maybe it needs the full fat cream!!!
Made this soup with a few changes - added a turnip and three slices of cooked turkey bacon. Sprinkled a few cubes of bread and low-fat cheddar cheese on top just before serving. Fantastic mix of flavors. Thank you for posting this recipe. Made and enjoyed on a cold Michigan winter evening.