I really liked this, and it's even better the next day. I read through the comments and still didn't bother pre-cooking the veggies. However, I used a 1-pound bag of peas which wasn't quite enough. The recipe calls for 3 cups, and that's probably a bit more (it would be nice if the recipe was built around standard package sizes, but that's just me). I kept the other ingredients at their measurements, and threw in a smoked ham shank for flavor. It's very flavorful on its own. There was more liquid than I needed because of the amount of peas used, but when it cooled I was able to skim off nearly a cup of clear liquid and that helped.