Most delicious soup, but I do think that somewhere along the lines the amount of liquids has changed from cups to quarts, which are quite different measures. I was cautious about 5 quarts of liquid and used cups instead, thinking it is easy to add if more needed. There was no more needed and did not need the cornstarch slurry either. Oh, and I pureed the whole lot, we like veggie soups that way. Perfect!
I found the soup to be a bit flat in taste. I'm not sure if it was something I did but I ended up needing to add more chicken base then what is listed. I used all the cornstarch but it didnt seem to thicken like I had hoped. I think if I made this again I wouldn't add the 2 quarts of water because I think that actually watered down my batch. I dont usually cook with alcohol but I think adding a white wine to this might help too. Otherwise, once I made a few adjustments it had a nice flavor to it.
My husband dreams of this soup, so I can't wait to try it out and surprise him. I'll let you know how it goes! :)