My friends and I loved it! I doubled it and made a few changes because I did. I chopped (with my wonderful Vidalia chopper) the veggies and cooked them with dressing as directed the night before. I put in bowl and refrigerated. In the a.m. I microwaved them for 3 minutes to warm up and put in crockpot and proceded with the recipe. Since the store did not sell 19 oz cans of kidney beans, I used two 15 1/2 oz. cans. As it was getting full, I ended up only adding 1 cup of water and I think this kept it more flavorful. I also could not find small shells, so used medium and they were fine. Since it was doubled, I cooked it 8 hours on HIGH and added the shells about 45 minutes before the 8 hours was up. My friends took home a copy of the recipe for themselves!!!