Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup Recipe
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Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup Recipe

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I found this recipe in a magazine and have tried different ingredients through the years. My husband thinks this is the best version yet. I hope you enjoy it, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon each dried thyme, savory and salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and pepper
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 196 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 488 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. In a heavy 8-qt. Dutch oven, cook the sausage, onion and bacon over medium-high heat until sausage is not longer pink; drain. Add the water, tomatoes and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 18 servings (4-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p25

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Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"This hearty soup has a nice blend of Italian flavors. However, I personally will leave out the bacon next time. I like my bacon crisp & it turned out soggy from cooking in the soup."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"easy and both husband and 3 yr old loved it"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Followed recipe 1st time and found it to be very good, but a tiny bit too garlicy. Next time used half as much garlic and a few drops of Tabasco, and replaced the chicken with frozen shrimp. Now, that's good! Even my picky granddaughter loved it."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"Savory is a seasoning McCormick sales it when you dont know what it is you can aways google it."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I had to cut the recipe in half - there are only two of us - but we loved it! Great with a salad and nice, crusty bread. We'll definitely have this again."

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