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Chicken Cassoulet Soup

After my sister spent a year in France as an au pair, I created this lighter, easier version of traditional French cassoulet for her. It uses chicken instead of the usual duck.—Bridget M. Klusman, Otsego, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    7 servings (2-3/4 quarts)


  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 pound cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth or chicken broth
  • 5 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers, optional
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Additional fresh thyme, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the water, chicken, beans, carrots, onion, vermouth, bouillon, garlic, thyme, fennel and if desired, lavender. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through.
  • Divide among bowls; sprinkle with bacon. If desired, top with additional fresh thyme.
Editor's Note
Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn't been treated with chemicals.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 494 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 1821mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • wendy
    Dec 27, 2020

    Great tasting soup. Always looking for some new and unusual soups. This one fit the bill. Substituted the pork sausage for pre-cooked sausage links and cut them into bite size pieces.. Omitted the optional items at the end, and didn't bother with the didn't need it. Will make this soup often.

  • Philip
    Dec 9, 2020

    Why doesn’t any of the recipes use French Tarbais beans? Recipe looks good

  • cynandtom
    Feb 25, 2020

    The only change I made was using an extra can of kidney beans instead of garbanzo beans, just because I had them on hand. Great soup!!

  • annrms
    Feb 25, 2020

    DH made this last week. He tweeked it a bit by adding ham instead of bacon and he left out the chickpeas. We had it with a scoop of brown rice the first meal and with toasted cheese the second meal.

    Jan 29, 2020

    Hearty soup and very filling! The beans give it an interesting texture. My family would eat this again!

  • sherwood1225
    Nov 16, 2019

    I substituted beef stew meat for the sausage and cooked it until the beef was tender. A hearty soup--good for the winter months.