My father-in-law used to make two dishes especially for me whenever I came to visit. I'm sure he also made them for others in the family, but he always made a point of having them ready and available when I arrived.
We started by roasting the vegetables to get a deeper, more intense flavor - and as a way to entice a two year old to participate. She thought it was great fun, and the resulting soup was hearty and delicious!
Everyone I know has a special Chicken Soup Recipe. Either handed down from a parent or grandparent, shared from a sibling or friend, found in a cookbook (or online): a recipe that has evolved over the years. Just as mine has.