Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Cassoulet

  • portland Posted: 10/08/09
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    this recipe was excellent. taste, ease of assembly, ease of cooking, reheating were all very good. i used some left over olive bread, crumbed some cubed some. both provided a nice flavor and texture to the cassoulet. the extra roasted garlic was a bonus to spread on toasted baguettes.

  • Jessnc Posted: 10/11/09
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    I really enjoyed this recipe. I did use two slices of bacon instead of pancetta and Great Northern Beans. Next time I will reduce the cooking time by about five to ten minutes as my squash was a bit mushy. I thought the flavors were delicate and very well balanced. This is a great recipe for a cool fall day.

  • SueH1of3 Posted: 12/29/08
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    My husband and I love our food spicy, so I altered the recipe a bit. I added fresh, minced garlic to the onions instead of using roasted garlic in order to give it some kick and substituted 3 slices of bacon for pancetta because that is what I had. I increased the amount of butternut squash slightly since I wanted to just use the entire squash and halved the amount of beans to two 15-oz. cans. I also added about 12 oz. of spicy jalapeno chicken sausage and additional salt. We both loved the result - it's a good, solid recipe for winter squash that serves up comfy food for cold winter nights.

  • Claireja Posted: 01/09/09
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    Whike this sounded really good, it turned out pretty unspecial. All mushy and just not worth giving a second try.

  • smottet7 Posted: 12/30/10
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    I give this recipe two stars, though I don't think it has potential. It wasn't awful, but it certainly isn't something I will be making again. Essentially, it's just a bunch of things thrown together; I can't say I think the flavors exactly melded in together.

  • kaesha Posted: 10/17/09
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    One of my favourite winter/autumn recipes!

  • 8stringfan Posted: 04/06/11
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    This was really good. I doubled the thyme and think it made a big difference. I agree you could probably knock off a can of beans and add in another cup or so of butternut squash, but it's also plenty good as it is. I also used 2 oz. bacon instead of the pancetta because it's what I had on hand. I think it worked out alright, but I would double the amount of bacon next time because I think the extra flavor would be welcome and I doubt that when spread over five servings it would affect the nutritional profile too badly. I do NOT think it would be too smoky, as CL suggests. Next time I'll go with the pancetta though to see how it works. Oh, I also used most of the garlic, because roasted garlic is awesome. It reheats fine, but it is much better when served out of the oven, when the breadcrumb topping is still crispy. Prep is pretty quick and easy as well. Definitely a hearty winter dish that makes the house smell good.

  • karalb Posted: 09/15/11
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    My husband and I loved this recipe! I made a few adjustments. I also wanted to use my whole squash so I used one less can of beans. I didn’t have pancetta so I used dried chorizo (fabulous). I will definitely make this again! I would recommend cooking for about 5 minutes less than recommended during covered cooking.

  • MaryEli Posted: 10/27/11
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    My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. I thought it could use one less can of beans and more squash. I used the whole head of garlic. I also thought it was a tiny bit dry, next time I'll use a bit more broth. I loved the pancetta in it, overall I think my changes would be minor. Very good fall recipe.

  • KiwiCitrus Posted: 10/09/12
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    I love this recipe! I liked it so much that I made it twice in 2 weeks (I almost never make a recipe twice even in a year). This is a great dish for fall. I like to serve it with chicken and creamed spinach, or as a vegetarian entree. Check out my edits to this recipe and my full post at http://sweetspatulas.com/2012/10/09/butternut-squash-cassoulet/

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 10/11/12
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    Based on other reviews, I switched up the proportions a bit and met with great success. First, I used 6 cups of squash and around 4 cups of beans (cooked from dry, equivalent to maybe 2-2.5 cans). I used all of the garlic. I used 8 pieces of bacon and cooked 3 cups sweet onions in ~2 tbsp bacon fat. I didn't feel like chopping such a small amount of parsley, so I just mixed some dried parsley in with the crumb topping. I also didn't add the crumb topping until the last 15 minutes of baking. It turned out really well. The prep was easy, but there is a lot of waiting around, so it's not something to make if you are short on time. As an aside, it's really easy to make breadcrumbs without breaking out the food processor. Just take the bread you want to use, remove the crusts and put them in the fridge, uncovered, when you start your prep. By the time you need them, the bread should be dried out enough that you can crumble it easily with your fingers. Takes seconds and no mess.

  • ballerina1 Posted: 11/07/12
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    Yum! I followed the advice of other reviewers and I'm so glad I did! I used a whole squash (about 6 cups), the whole head of garlic, 1 less can of beans, about 6 oz. of bacon, a whole teaspoon of thyme. I also added more broth, about a cup. Next time I may add some other spices. Perhaps some marjoram...Overall we loved this meal! Hearty, healthy and delicious!

  • detailaddict Posted: 10/22/13
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    Overall the flavor in this dish was good, but the squash never became tender. I did add extra squash (the one I had was 2lbs. 10oz.) but also extra broth (along with the other recommendations), and this should have aided in steaming the squash. I used frozen homemade broth cubes, but as I had everything ready an hour before it needed to go in the oven they should have come to room temperature by then. After baking for over an hour the squash pieces were still fibrous, but we had to go ahead and eat it as it was. I held back the breadcrumb topping until the end, and it never browned either. After supper I put the rest back in the oven to (ahem) finish cooking. I'm glad it was just the two of us as trying to serve this to company would have been embarrassing. Roasting a whole squash takes less than an hour, so I don't know why cut-up pieces didn't cook in that time. I would probably make this again but at a higher temperature or allowing for more time in the oven.

  • SKMealer Posted: 10/17/13
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    This is one of my all-time favorite fall/winter dishes and have been making it since the recipe was first published. Like most suggestions, I use more squash ( and more broth) and less beans. Because my husband is a meat-eater and pancetta only wouldn't be enough for him, I brown boneless, skinless chicken thighs after removing the pancetta. I remove the thighs then nestle them in the onion/squash mixture before cooking in the oven.

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