This is a lighter, easier version of cassoulet. Serve with crusty french bread. For some reason, the best beverage to go with this is cold milk.
- 1 lb low-fat turkey kielbasa or 1 lb low-fat turkey kielbasa, sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1 (14 -16 ounce) can black beans
- 1 (14 -16 ounce) can white beans (great northern)
- 1 (14 -16 ounce) can pinto beans (or kidney beans)
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce (or 2 cups homemade sauce)
- 2 -3 carrots, sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1 medium onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick into rings
- 1⁄2 cup red wine (cabernet sauvingnon, merlot or use beef broth)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme)
- Spray 3 to 5 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
- Rinse beans and drain.
- Separate onion slices into rings.
- Put all ingredients into crock pot, stir to combine.
- Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 - 10 hours.
- Hints: *Use whatever combination of beans you have on hand, but don't use seasoned beans. *It's MUCH better made with wine; the alcohol cooks off; you can buy tiny bottles in a four pack if you're not a wine drinker. *Leave the thyme sprigs whole; the leaves will fall off during cooking. Remember to fish out the stems before serving.
When people see three stars they think it wasn't that good, but I do mean that I really liked it. I thought the two tablespoons of brown sugar was a little too much. I browned the sausage and onions before adding to the crockpot, I thought this added flavor. Overall it was tasty, pretty healthy and super easy.