I have a 10 year old grandson who would rather eat soup for dinner then anything else.. AND it doesn't matter what kind of soup. So I get to use him as a taster and he knows the star system. He said this was a keeper for sure. You are welcome to use more garlic or spice depending on your taste, but this way is good. One good size eggplant should cover both the soup and the dumplings. Time does not include draining time for eggplant.