This is such a Midwestern dish. It reminds me of cold nights and blustery weather and a good bowl of soup to stick to the ribs. My mother has made this forever and it's like a cross between a shepherd's pie, and a fagoli style soup with a little down home twist that has a little "Kitchen Sink" inspiration. No, I didn't have an Aunt Fannie, it's just what we've always called it. Because it's a Midwest dish, it's definitely a taste as you go and jazz up the flavor to your own palate.