OK, we followed the recipe exactly, as we try to reserve modifications for the 2nd go around. I was mostly really curious if this soup would be worth the effort. It's not hard, but you have to plan because the initial steps take 9.5 hrs. & then it takes another 1.25 hrs. or so. While not hard, being around the house for all of that takes planning for us. It was not worth it, unfortunately. We used Great Northern beans & while they take the most work, they are not plentiful. The overall flavor is very, very mild. It might make a good base soup, but we would never use dried beans again & it would need a flavor boost from something. OK, I had given this 2 stars, but after having leftovers, I came back to reduce it to 1. This is just not worth making in my opinion. I will keep looking for recipes using lots of veggies but with more flavor.
I used this recipe but made some modifications that really made it a great soup! I added the following: -Hot Italian sausage -used two cans of cannellini beans instead of dry--drained and rinsed -3 cups of water and 3 cups of chicken broth -1 tablespoon of powdered chicken bouillon -rep pepper flakes to taste -cayenne pepper to taste This made the broth very tasty with a little kick. And dipping some homemade bread in the broth was phenomenal!