This turned out to be the best soup I have ever prepared. It takes a lot of chopping, but it's worth it. (Using a food processor simplified this considerably.) My experience with making soups is that they usually don't have enough spice and taste bland. This one, however, is bursting with flavor. I made it without squash (which I forgot to buy), and extra potato (I bought a really large red potato). It worked out just fine. Make this soup. You'll love it.