I simply loved this recipe. It's hearty and a meal in itself. I packaged all the dry ingredients and gave it as Christmas gifts.
I was very dissapointed with this recipe. I tried it for dinner this evening before making it up as gifts for friends. I simmered (and boiled in desperation) for 2 hours and still the soup was very thin and not what I was expecting. Quite a weak flavour too - sorry I wanted to give it more stars - I will try it again in case I made some huge error - in which case I'll update this review!!! This is the first thing I have given a low star rating too - I guess thats what this site is all about - thanks for posting Aroostook - it sounded good!
This tastes fantastic and is SO easy! Makes tons--plenty left over for lunches, more meals, etc. We made it this year for gifts and got rave reviews, particularly since there's not a huge list of additions for the recipient. We used pint jars and added the pasta separately on top for greater ease. Fantastic!!
This soup is fantastic. I added a bit less water because I like my soup less soupy, but I've already made this 2x and my kids even love it with the lentils and barley in it! A++++++++++
Nice gift idea! Very easy with lots of flavor. A hearty soup. I did add a can of chili beans, cause we love them in soup.