I made this however the only thing I did was double the recipe, and I had a bag of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots that needed to be eaten. I used all chicken stock, reduced sodium. I used a sharp aged white cheddar and one can of cannelloni beans and 1 greater northern as that's what I had. I pureed the entire soup. It was a hit with the entire family. I served it with grilled cheese. Yes the soup does have the been taste but you can taste the other flavors as well. Both a 4 and 8 year old enjoyed bowls.