I've made this a few times and it's easily one of the best recipes up my sleeve. I changed it around this time, swapping chicken broth (well, bouillon and water) for the sherry. I'm skeptical that the crockpot is really burning off the alcohol... Also, my friend was talking about tomato and roasted red pepper soup the other day and I haven't been able to get it out of my head! So I roasted up two whole red peppers and threw those in as well. I served it with my mom's homemade bread recipe.