I added Turmeric to the recipe about a 1 1/2 tsp. A little more garlic and added more salt. You need to taste the recipe as you go. I started with a low sodium organic vegetable broth. For a "wheat free version" I used corn starch and instead of onions I did leaks, a bit of green but mostly the white. It was good and then I added the sour cream and cheese which made it awesome. It is a great recipe to experiment with. As the vegetables tenderized, I also used a blender. It turned out to be a nice thick soup. Perfect for a rainy day!