I loved this recipe. I agree with all of the comments about adding the vegetables at the beginning of the simmer time. I have made it both ways and the potatoes were not done when I put them in 30 mins. later. I also doubled the recipe and added one packet of the Garlic and Herb and one packet of the Zesty Italian dressing and it had a little more flavor. My husband is a picky eater and does not like onions or tomatoes, so I left out the onion and added crushed tomatoes and it still was wonderful. Best of all, I made enough to feed an army for under $15.00.