This soup is hearty & delicious. I would definitely add the chili powder to give it a great flavor. Also freezes well since it makes alot.
This soup reminds me of my mother's soup and yes, she was Italian. I left out the noodles this time, and it was still a delicious, hearty soup. It went into the crockpot after simmering a bit and stayed on low heat for 6 hours. A big hit with my family!