This is a great soup for the cold days of winter. It is very filling all by itself, but I like to pour it over cooked rice and add a little extra cheese. About a zillion calories, but in the winter you need substance to keep you moving. I realize we really don't have "cold weather" in Texas, but I don't like cold of any kind. The orginal recipe for this soup was from a co-worker, but I have tweeked it so much that if doesn't even resemble the orginal recipe. I now claim it as "My Recipe". Enjoy!