Posted 10/10/2012 2:03:26 PM
The soup came out much more stew-like for me. I think I would have added the rice a bit later, maybe an hour before being ready. The rice added at the beginning seemed to soak up a lot of broth and add to the stew-type consistency. Everyone loved the soup, but for my own preference, I think I will use fresh broccoli next time, adding it at the start. Even though the broccoli was cooked in the soup, it just seemed to have a frozen texture and taste to it. I think I may also omit the corn and instead use baby bella mushrooms. If I make it again with corn, I may add some bite-size chunks of red bell pepper.