This was a nice, quick soup to throw together; especially when I don't feel like cooking. I used "Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base" for the 2 cups of vegetable stock. It really gives a much more flavorful broth than alot of the other vegetable stocks/broths you buy. I must remember to only use 1/4 tsp. or less of black pepper next time; it's a little spicy. I like it but my husband complains every time. I made a 'big' note by the recipe ingredients! I served it with some Cumin-Spiced Quick Bread (pg. 267) that I had in the freezer topped with Earth Balance margarine, garlic powder and Faux Parmesan and broiled.