I have had this recipe for such a long time I cannot give credit where credit is due! When our boys were young, they loved this soup as much as my husband and I, so I would always double the ingredients. Now that it's just the two of us, it's the perfect size. I like the fact that this can be made after you get home from work and the flavor is just as good as if you slow cooked it all day. This is not a "spicy" soup, but you could add whatever spices you enjoy.