My husband and I really like this soup. I only used a 1/4 tsp of chili powder, as our daughter doesn't like things that are too spicy. Even with that small amount, the soup still has a kick. There was some nice fond left in the bottom of the skillet after I browned the veggies, so I poured in the vegetable stock to de-glaze the pan. The bacon garnish was also a big hit. Everything tastes better with bacon!
I made a pot of this for tonight's dinner. Left off the bacon until it's served. Of course I had a big cup for myself for lunch. Ooh, with some fresh French bread... I made it as listed.Next time I'll probably reduce the chili powder, but it depends on what DH has to say.