This was very good. It was cold today and my mother and I made this soup. We really enjoyed it. Two things though, one is that we took the bacon out of the pan when we drained the grease off, but weren't sure when it was supposed to be added back in and the second thing is that we felt it needed some fresh ground black pepper. Regardless, we will both be making it again and again. Thanks for posting this on Dorothy - glad I tagged you.