I've had allspice in my chicken lentil stew before so I was pretty sure our family would like this one. We have all been suprised at how wonderful allspice tastes in a recipe like this and my kids said this even outranked the original recipe that my Mom's boyfriend had made. I would also rate this as fairly easy for home made soup. We make things "from scratch" a lot so I like things that I can make easily. We doubled the recipe and fought over the leftovers.