This is one of my all time favorites - my mom's (Mimi's) recipe for vegetable soup. What I like about this recipe is you can add a variety of fresh seasonal vegetables in addition to the "standards". And you can use canned or frozen vegetables as well. Personnally, I like fresh organic vegetables in this soup, but I've also used the canned for convenience, and the added liquid from the canned veggies adds some more flavor. I've tried this in my crock pot, but I like cooking it better on the stove - no sticking to the bottom that way. This recipe makes a pretty big pot of soup, so eat some now and freeze some for later. Add additional liquid as necessary to get the consistency you like for your soup. Enjoy!