This is a hardy and healthy pot of soup. You can add other vegetables if you like, like peas or chopped green beans. Occassionally, I'll add a cup of cooked rice, pasta or noodles. A bowl for lunch or dinner will satify anyones hunger or sooth and comfort an ill one. Great way to use up veggies. It is also low fat content because you will cook the chicken without the skin. There are two prep periods but worth a little extra work. Sometimes I will cut up everything before cooking so it is ready to go. Anyone I have served this soup to not only compliments the flavors but feels that old fashioned grandma touch of healing. Smiles.