Some recipes get such varied reviews, like this one. I believe that is because everyone's tastes are different. Personally, my husbad and I like dishes with lots of flavor, so when I find a recipe that I want to try, I usually add or change a few things from the start, especially if it sounds too bland for our taste, or use the recipe as a "base" or starting point for my own creation. I added fresh garlic to the onions while cooking and used butter instead of margarine. I also added less water and more beef broth and toasted thick french bread slices in the oven that were buttered and sprinkled with a little garlic powder. I also added a variety of cheeses on top. And yes, it is even better the second day!