I can easily make this after work, even if I have to prep everything from scratch. The original recipe was adapted from a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It called for 1 lb of dried black beans but for us, canned works best on a weeknight. I've used either 2 or 3 cans of beans, it depends on how thick you like your bean soup. I think the coriander and sherry are the key to it's taste.