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Uh, this is a fabulous soup and the fragrance is delightful. But, the reviewer who called it "meatless" must have left out the best part - the pancetta - which is sort of an Italian bacon. Without the pancetta, I think it would just be a bean soup like any other. The nutmeg and other spices in the pancetta gave it a delicate taste. I wouldn't recommend substituting bacon,which is smoked and has a very different taste, for the pancetta.
Thanks for sharing, this is a great soup. I am always looking for a good hearty meatless soup, and this is now on my favorite list. I did use 4 c of chicken stock and 4 c water. Thanks for sharing.