Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
10 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

How to Make It

Step 1

Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain; return beans to pan. Cover beans with water, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes; drain.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 300°.

Step 3

Add bacon to pan; cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Increase heat to medium-high. Add pork to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove pork with a slotted spoon. Add the kielbasa; cook for 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove kielbasa with a slotted spoon. Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and thyme; saute 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in 1/4 cup water, tomato paste, broth, and tomatoes.

Step 4

Return beans, bacon, pork, and kielbasa to pan; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 300° for 1 hour. Remove 1 cup of beans and vegetables with a slotted spoon. Place in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Return to pan. Stir in the wine, salt, and black pepper. Arrange the bell pepper rings evenly over top.

Step 5

Place the bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1 1/2 cups. Combine with cheese. Sprinkle cassoulet with the breadcrumb mixture. Return the cassoulet to the oven, and bake, uncovered, an additional 45 minutes.

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Ratings & Reviews

JanetMoga's Review

January 18, 2011
What a wonderful dish. I altered it just a tiny bit by omitting the red peppers which I think can be optional anyway. Otherwise, I thought it was well worth the effort. I prepared it through just before adding the bread crumbs, kept It in the fridge until the following night and then put it back on the stove to a boil and then in the oven for the last 45 minutes with the bread crumbs. I think the overnight allowed the flavors to meld nicely. I would definitely make again!