I did read reviews that the recipe was bland. I made a couple of happy mistakes. The first was cooking the noodles halfway by themselves, so I added them to 6 cups of low sodium broth and omitted the extra 2 cups of water, this probably enhanced the broth. I did not have nutmeg so I used pumpkin spice but it came out faster than anticipated and I ended up with about 1/2 to 1 tsp of pumpkin spice and this resulted in a delicious broth. I also added 1 clove of finely chopped garlic but really didn't taste it. There was a lot of flavor packed in. My teenage son and husband also really liked this soup.