I've made this twice: the first time exactly as the recipe stated. It was alright, but a bit bland. I re-read the reviews and did the following: Added 1 finely diced green bell pepper, used all low-sodium beef broth and no water, cut the thyme to 1/2 tsp., added 1/2 tsp. marjoram and 1 1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning, 2 Tbs. worchestershire sauce, and used 6 oz whole-wheat Omega 3 maceroni and 1/4 cup fat free sour cream. Oh, and I added an extra clove of garlic and a bay leaf.
These additions took the dish from just okay to AWESOME!!! My husband wants this in the regular rotation! It was SO great with the additions! Granted, we aren't feeding any children so I spent the time to finely chop everything (I don't mind) - if you don't have good knife skills or are short on time, then use a food processor. Oh, and I didn't even need to add the flour slurry - it was thick and rich, not soupy at all! Really great when you want "comfort food" that's healthy!! I will use ground extra-lean turkey next time! Wonderful!! Well worth the time to chop up everything! Tasty, filling, and very satisfying!