The title says it all and is extremely true. First of all the flavor is absolutely wonderful. I love Bean soup and usually prefer using only Great Northerns. I have never made a bean soup which was combined with Pinto beans. I've made Pinto bean soup alone and wasn't crazy about it, but wow, this combo of ingredients is perfect. I followed the recipe exactly except I cooked it in my Zojirushi Electric Cooker, which is not a slow cooker. Actually I didn't prepare this, my 11 year old DGD made the dish and I sat in my chair and supervised. I did not have to add any salt. The spices were perfect. I suffer with IBS and if it is true that I don't suffer from eating this then it will this be my 'go-to' bean soup recipe from now on. Deserves more than 5 stars! Made for PAC Spring 2013.