Winter Cassoulet

Photo: Susie Cushner

This simplified version of the classic French dish uses canned beans and pork sausage, condensing many steps into one. Serve with green beans.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Other: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 192mg
  • Calories: 468
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 62g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Iron: 6mg
  • Protein: 21mg
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 797mg

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 parsnips, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 tomato, chopped, or one 8-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 3 15-ounce cans of great Northern, cannellini, or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preparation

  1. In a Dutch oven (a heavy pot, usually made of cast iron, that you can use on the stovetop and in the oven), heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the sausage until well browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Remove and drain on paper towels; set aside.
    Pour out the excess oil from the Dutch oven. Add the chicken broth, vegetables, beans, thyme, salt, pepper, a third of the garlic, and the sausage and return to heat. Mix well, scraping up any brown bits that have stuck to the bottom of the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour, until thickened and the vegetables are tender.
    Heat oven to 400° F. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parsley, butter, and remaining garlic. Sprinkle evenly over the cassoulet and place in the oven. Bake, uncovered, until the crust is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
    Keep it: Refrigerate leftovers in a smaller baking dish up to 2 days. Reheat at 375° F for about 20 minutes. To make ahead and freeze, prepare without the breadcrumb topping. Cover and freeze up to 4 months. When ready to cook, uncover the cassoulet, sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture, and bake, unthawed, 45 minutes to 1 hour at 400° F.
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