This is one of those recipes that you have probably made a zillion times, it's easy to put together and you can throw in just about anything you like. It's a great recipe for the cooler months... I serve it on cooked pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. This takes about 2 hours to cook, it is total comfort food, and very tasty. It tastes even better the next day! I have even made this into a thick soup be adding in more water. You can add in red wine also.