This is a spicy soup - not hot spicy - but cloves and cinnamon - spicy. My family loves this delicious soup with rolls and an apple salad. It is great for busy families; just throw it together in the morning and dinner is ready when you get home. Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you away....they are all things you have on the shelf, in the freezer or in the fridge. It is from "Your Family Will Love It" by Rodale Press - healthy food in a bowl.