I read the other reviews carefully, and based on their info I also made a few adjustments. #1 I omitted the water (using four cups of chicken broth only). This makes a thick and flavorful stew vs a watery soup. #2 I used chili sauce instead of hot sauce (we don't love really spicy food). and #3 I used more peanut butter than the recipe called for...probably half a cup. The result was delicious, but needed just a little bit of acid, so I squeezed a lime into the pot. Amazing. Another reviewer added a dash of vinegar with good results. I admit to pulling out the food processor to speed up the prep...I hate chopping vegetables. The best part? I told my VERY picky five year old and seven year old that it was "peanut butter soup", and they gobbled it down. Will make again.