This recipe was a lot of fun. I just started putting things in the pot and ended up with a very good hearty soup! After sauteing the carrots, celery, and peppers, I added the meat abd 2 cups water. Spices were thyme, sage and turmeric. I omitted the mushrooms. Used 1 cup egg noodles. Then finished with 1 cup cream. We had this for lunch with french bread. It was really good! Thanks, Shae!