This recipe makes a huge pot of soup and doesn't take all day. I like making hearty soups in the winter time, and in addition to being delicious, this soup freezes well. If you like vegetables, add more to make it a little more veggie-forward. I like to think that makes it a little more healthful, too.
NOTE: If freezing servings, you may want to add pasta of your choice when reheating, otherwise the pasta can overcook.