Made this hearty soup for Sean today, and he already finished up the whole pot within a day, which was definitely a good sign, needless to say :) Can't agree more with the previous reviewer, It was very easy to make, and the aroma during the cooking was very so good. We put a piece of parmesan rind into the crock pot, which added tons of yumminess to the already-flavorful soup. Sean ate it with a slice of homemade 12-grain bread. YUM. Especially it has been a cold day today, so it's perfect!