Followed the recipe exactly, except I did not add any additional water at the end. The soup was thick and tasty, and this made a large amount. I did not care for the proscuitto with the soup, however they would be tasty in a salad. This will be a regular for me.
This will be my fourth year of making a double batch of this for Thanksgiving. For simplicity I started using bacon bits (real, not fake!) for sprinkling on top, and for a twist I add a teaspoon or so of cumin to taste. Delicious and very simple.
This soup is wonderfully flavorful. After my party with 18 guests, there only were two servings left over for lunch and someone I work with sweet-talked me into having one of the servings. I emailed her the recipe.