I do my best to make things as homemade as possible, but a friend of mine gave me a pack of this mix, and I gave it a try. For a bagged soup, it's actually very good, not to mention cheaper than the other potato soup I make (Side note: the other potato soup is definitely tastier, but this is faster, cheaper and easier). All you do is boil 8 cups of water, then add the mix and salt and pepper to taste. I personally added a handful of mozzarella cheese just to give it a little something extra. I highly recommend this to those who are living on a tight budget! My picky eater liked it very much.