Italian Cassoulet (Italian Chili)

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
45 mins
2 hrs

I have been “evolving” this recipe for a couple of years as an alternative to the standard (mostly boring) chili that gets presented in the yearly cookoff. This IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!!!! Nevertheless, it is eminently edible in this configuration. I’m still developing it (sliced mushrooms added last time, OK, but just cluttered up the effect.) Next time maybe I’ll chunk the onion instead of dice, or substitute eggplant for some of the bell pepper. You will notice there is neither salt nor pepper in this recipe – you won't need any!

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  1. Simmer beans about an hour to an hour and a half in plenty of water until almost done. You don't want the beans disintegrating during the next stage of cooking.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add olive oil to large, heavy pot.
  4. Cook sausage, pepper, onions and coarse garlic until sausage is no longer pink, stirring to break up meat into chunks, about 3/8” or so.
  5. Add tomatoes, minced garlic, beans, broth, habaneros and rosemary.
  6. Bring to simmer, cover and simmer an hour or so – until beans are done and rosemary has absorbed enough liquid to be comfortably edible.
  7. Refrigerate for one day.
  8. Then reheat amounts as needed and serve with Pugliese and a fine Chianti.
  9. Makes about a gallon.