I followed the recipe exactly, except I used Smart Balance peanut butter. I probably shouldn't have done that. I thought it was just a tad too sweet. It was still very filling and warming. I toasted some whole wheat french bread drizzled with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper to go with it.
I also thought that maybe the ginger and allspice should have been added in with the onion/garlic mixture to saute and bloom some of those flavors before adding the tomato/V-8 juice. Still a very nice soup on such a cold and windy day here in TN.