Use your garden-fresh veggies and herbs in the summer or use your garden veggies and herbs that are frozen for winter use. Except for onions and garlic, which generally lose flavor when frozen raw, I freeze my extra summer crops (note that tomatoes should be allowed to ripen before freezing) and make a large pot of this soup in the winter. I came up with this by simply throwing things in an 8qt pot. I've since made it 4 more times and it really hits the spot on a cold winter day. It's gotten from those who've gotten some of my extras that didn't fit in my freezer (I tend to make as much as I need to use up my extra tomatoes).