According to my husband -- "Best ever". I adjusted the recipe somewhat and made it easier and better (I think). No milk, no sugar, and I added about a Tbsp of veg. bouillon. I used very large garlic cloves. I used only fresh chopped basil leaves -- no other additional herbs. In my opinion, the pepper flakes added the special touch. Served with toasted whole grain bread. Delicious! Especially on a cold evening.