This feeds a crowd and then some. Hearty and healthy. Start this slow simmering soup early afternoon to have it ready for dinner, so there's time to develop the flavors. Or better yet, cook a day in advance and let the flavors sing next day. I take time to cut the meat and veggies in small pieces as this is a soup, not a stew, and the extra time is just a labor of love!
Made this and it does make a pot full. However we thought it was missing something... perhaps more tomatoes and sauce and less water. Also added some italian seasoning along with the basil. Will make again with these revisions.