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 (trace saturated fat), 0mg 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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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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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