This is a wonderful soup. I like to use this recipe when the day is just so busy and the last thing I want to think about is 'what do I cook for dinner?' This soup can be put in the crock pot first thing in the morning and simmer all day until dinner time. I keep a supply of this on hand as well as my family just loves it. Serve this soup with some crusty bread or thick cut country biscuits for dinner, a sandwich for lunch or just by itself for a snack or one of those 'grab and growl' dinners.