A nice combination of vegetables and a very comforting soup but needs to be "doctored" a bit or else a bit bland. I added extra seasonings (Italian) and garlic as well as a Parmesan rind. I used this as a base for a chicken veggie minestrone and added diced roasted chicken breast, broken whole wheat spaghetti (4 oz.) and a bit of pesto to finish. With these changes it had more flavor and I could see this recipe as a canvas for many other tasty variations.