Where I grew up, it can be very cold at times, and the same can be said of where I live now. We are coming off of a very long, seemingly un-ending winter. Finally, the snow is leaving and spring it trying to take hold. A very chilly time of year.................. just right for making a big pot of soup to warm up from the inside-out. This recipe was given to me quite a few years ago by a friend, and is quick and easy to prepare. Try it sometime when soup season is in full swing in your part of the world.