Bean Counter Chowder Recipe
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Bean Counter Chowder Recipe

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Wonderfully seasoned Bean Counter Chowder is suggested by Vivian Haen of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and celery flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 105 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender; Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomato; simmer for 5 minutes. Add the broth, water and seasonings. Bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes. Add beans and macaroni; return to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Bean Counter Chowder in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p13

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Jellybean User ID: 119091 261523
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"I've made this several times. It is kind of like eating pinto beans and macaroni with tomatoes all in one pot. I started using a can of diced tomatoes instead of the chopped tomato and it works very well plus it gives more liquid since the macaroni absorbs it quickly. I also like fried salmon patties with it. Yum."

SaintGhurka User ID: 8876008 249160
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2016

"This is in our regular rotation. I make it about once a month.. It's quite good and very inexpensive. I withhold the macaroni and cook it separately so I can save the leftovers without the pasta getting mushy."

kbussey User ID: 614681 90543
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"This is a simple recipe and easy to make. I suggest adding more onion and tomato. I probably won't make it again."

batemanr User ID: 5747089 38409
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"Great recipe! Pottsy was concerned about flavor - cook your own beans with ham hock, drain and use them as you would the canned ones."

ldaluz User ID: 2449746 56303
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"The recipe was very simple to make and was very tasty. I made double the liquid because there wasn't enough for my liking and I know this was healthy but I added 1/4 cup of real bacon bits for my husband."

Pottsy0729 User ID: 5707402 92908
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This was really good but does need just a bit more something in the line of flavor. I will definitely make it again and will experiment with different options. My daughter and grand-daughter liked it also. My 18 month old grand-daughter liked picking the beans out and eating them by themselves."

sands351 User ID: 1036170 90542
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Hubby and I thought this was very good. The only thing I changed was to add 1 stalk of chopped celery in place of the celery flakes. It added a little crunch. This will be made again."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 89612
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Good soup, fast and easy to make."

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