I made this soup as the recipe stated and found it to be very bland. So, I tweaked it a bit and it turned out amazing. First, I added a cup of Barley rather than 3/4. I also added beef bouillion cubes to taste as it wasn't "beefy" enough for me. Addtional barley and beef bouillion (Knorr) made it must better! I would recommend this recipe with tweaking!