Chicken and Vegetable Bean Soup

Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

Fennel, tomatoes, and rosemary lend a Mediterranean note to this bean soup. Serve it with focaccia and a crisp green salad, with gelato for dessert. This hearty recipe can easily be made into a tasty meatless version by omitting the chicken.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse beans; drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine beans and the 6 cups water.
  3. Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  7. Drain and rinse beans.
  8. Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2-, 4-, or 5-quart crockery cooker, combine onion, fennel, carrots, garlic, parsley, rosemary, and pepper.
  9. Place beans atop vegetables.
  10. Pour chicken broth over all.
  11. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  12. If using low-heat setting stir in chicken and tomatoes.
  13. Cover and cook for 30 minutes longer or until heated through on high-heat setting.
Most Helpful

Since this was to be on the table when my son & DIL were here for lunch, I made it as a vegetarian soup, leaving out the chicken & using a homemade vegetable broth, & the result was a very delicious soup! I do, however, look forward to making it as given when just the 2 of us can enjoy the intended version, chicken & all! Thanks for sharing a very nice keeper recipe! [Made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hits recipe tag]

Sydney Mike August 31, 2011

I love fennel and just purchased some and looking for a recipe when I found this for Photo Tag. With the chef's permission I adapted this recipe for stove top cooking using canned cannellini beans. My preparation involved adding the onions, fennel, carrots and garlic into a large saucepan along with the broth and bringing that to a boil. Then reduced the heat to a simmer and cooked covered for 10 minutes, added the chicken, rosemary and canned beans and cooked for 15 minutes. Delicious soup in just 30 minutes and I think replicated the flavors of the original. Thanks Annacia.

justcallmetoni March 29, 2009

I've never cooked with fennel before and had to really look hard in the produce section but I found one and tried it. This soup is delicious! Even my hubbie raved. This will be added to our list of favorites.

aur*ora January 01, 2009