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Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup

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 (4-1/2 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add chicken and beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 196 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 488mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • momeeplus5
    Sep 28, 2018

    This soup is delicious! I plan on making it again!

  • Robert
    Jan 29, 2017

    I'm a first time subscriber. This fairly simple recipe appealed to me, but I already knew I wanted shrimp in whatever recipe I chose. Since I enjoy a hearty soup, I added an extra can of northern beans, 5 oz. of fresh washed spinach and a pound of large cooked shrimp. I added the shrimp during the last couple minutes as they are already cooked. We thought the chicken was a bit mushy and bland. In the future, I'd lightly brown the chicken in 2 tbs olive oil, fresh garlic and herbs. I would also lightly brown the sausage. My wife and I agreed that fewer than 3 cans of northern beans would be insufficient. There was still an ample amount of broth in our bowls. We both agreed that the broth was very delicious.

  • VictoriaElaine
    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.

  • agnes993
    Aug 10, 2012

    easy and both husband and 3 yr old loved it

  • dovecanyon
    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.

  • Cherbear59
    Dec 2, 2011

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

  • tayer
    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.

  • dmorriso
    Apr 5, 2008

    What is Savory? I would like to make this soup but I don't know what savory is.