I pretty much made both of these up with a bit of help from a couple cookbooks. It is really easy to make and my step-sons favorite soup is homeade pea soup. Even when he found out all the onions were in it he didnt mind. Stir each time you walk by, this has a problem with sticking until you have the hang of it and the perfect pot. If making bean soup, a 16 oz jar of tomatoes adds a great flavour.