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Chicken and Sausage Stew

3 lb To 4 lb. broiler-fryer; chicken
2 qt Water
2 lb Hot Italian sausage links
6 Strips bacon
2 Cloves garlic; minced
1 tb Chopped fresh parsley
1 ts Dried oregano
16 oz Crushed tomatoes
8 oz Tomato sauce
8 oz Elbow macaroni; cooked and
Salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken and water in a large kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until chicken nearly falls from the bones. Remove chicken from stock. Chill stock. Remove chicken from bones and cube; set aside. Puncture skins of sausages; cover with water in a small saucepan and boil until fully cooked, 20-30 minutes. Drain; pan-fry sausages until browned. Cool and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tsp. drippings. Cool and crumble bacon; set aside. In the drippings, sauté the garlic. Skim fat from the chicken stock; add 5 cups to Dutch oven. Add chicken, sausage, bacon, parsley and oregano. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, macaroni, salt and pepper; simmer 10 minutes more.