This is direct from the Club! Oh I love this soup. It's almost more than a soup. You will love this! This obviously isn't a recipe you want to come home after a long, hard day at work to make. But, it's rather a kind of rainy day type recipe. One where you put on some soft jazz, throw some sweats on and pour yourself a glass of wine,a nice Cabernet, and have the whole kitchen to yourself. You will love this. If you will measure everything out and have everything ready, it's a snap to make the soup. And don't forget a nice crusty, fresh loaf of a nice sourdough bread. You can find beef bases in your supermarket, usually by the canned soup. I know my jar is the "Better than Beef" brand, and I know there are several brands out there.They are so much better than bouillon. You don't have to fight the wrapping on the bouillon cubes, and the beef base is moist.Cooking times are approximate.I have doubled and tripled this recipe.Check your seasonings before adding triple amounts. You can add in, but you can't take out. You can make a meal out of this.