Bean Counter Chowder
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
Makes8 servings (2 quarts)
- 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
- 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.
- Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 196 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 676mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.
May 23, 2020
Love this chowder it is one of my go to recipes!
Mar 16, 2020
This soup went together fast and the flavor was delish … sometimes I feel I have to slow cook my soups and stews for several hours to develop the flavor … not with this soup. I will be making again … and again.
Feb 26, 2020
I love this recipe. I've been making it for years. I also love the tweeks that some posters made to the recipe, and I use them, and I use my own. (I can't believe the first review is 10 years old!)
Feb 26, 2020
Since everyone seems to be having trouble with the macaroni soaking up the broth, I thought I'd join up and offer this advice. If you put the macaroni in NOT BOILING, it will not only not overcook it, it won't soak up so much of the broth. just add it at a fast simmer...you know what I mean? and do NOT return to a boil....the canned or jarred beans will cook just fine as well. :)
Apr 15, 2019
Very easy and quick dinner! Like another reviewer posted, the macaroni did soak up all of the liquid when we refrigerated the leftovers, so definitely make sure you have some extra broth if you're planning on leftovers.
Apr 15, 2019
Very tasty. I only added 2 cans beans instead of 3; only used 1 oz. pasta instead of whole cup (to save calories)
Mar 31, 2019
I loved the ease and quickness of this recipe. I had to add more broth for the leftovers since the macaroni absorbed quite a bit.
Mar 6, 2019
I made this and loved it. I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of a fresh one. I also added a very generous amount of chopped Kale to this and it turned out wonderful. This will stay on our menu.
Mar 3, 2019
My alterations: I sauted celery with the onions and garlic instead of using celery flakes. I made this in the Instant Pot and it worked well. After sauting, I placed all of the other ingredients into the pot and steam for 3 minutes. Perfect. Great recipe.
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.