My mother, Josie, fixed this soup for us 3 girls when we were growing up. It was her "go-to" soup if we were sick. She fixed this rather than chicken noodle soup and always told us it would make us get well. I still want this anytime I have a cold or am under the weather. It is very hearty and easy to prepare. As I like it thicker, I add instant mashed potatoes to the soup at the end.....sorry, Josie :).