This is a very hearty vegetable soup! I made this while at my Mom's for our Christmas, so she would have plenty to put in her freezer for the winter. I made it as posted except I left out the onions (at her request) and threw in some swiss chard and kale that I had left from a salad I made for our family get together. This tasted wonderful, and I'll definitely make it again to have at my house. I used spicy hot V8 so that we had a little heat in the soup. Thanks for sharing!