Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is a hearty and delicious cassoulet, with tons of flavor that tastes even better the following day! Serve this with crusty bread or rolls to soak up the juice. If you are not in a rush, then you can use 1 pound dry white beans for this in place of canned, see note on bottom, you can even prepare the dryed beans a day ahead to save time.
- 3 cups canned white beans, drained (you can use more or less if desired, or use 1 pound dry white beans)
- 7 slices bacon, coasley chopped
- 1 (4 lb) pork shoulder, cut into about 1-1/2-inch cubes
- 1 lb kielbasa, sliced into 1-inch slices
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried chili pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- salt and pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a large ovenproof pot or Dutch oven cook the chopped bacon until crisp; transfer the bacon to a large bowl and discard all but 3 tablespoons fat from the pot.
- Add in the pork shoulder cubes and kielbasa slices and brown (about 10-12 minutes, you might have to this in batches) transfer to a bowl with the bacon.
- Add in onions, garlic, celery, carrots, dryed thyme and dryed chili flakes; saute until tender (about 4 minutes).
- Add in the tomato paste and cook stirring for 1 minute.
- Add in chicken broth and tomatoes with juice; bring to a boil.
- Add in the meats from the pork, kielbasa and bacon; stir to combine (if you are using the dryed beans then add them in at this point with the meats).
- Cover pot and transfer to 325 degree oven for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour of cooking stir in the wine and canned beans, season with salt and pepper.
- In a bowl, mix together the fresh breadcrumbs, Parmesan and 1 tablespoon olive oil, then sprinkle over cassoulet.
- Return to the oven UNCOVERED and cook until the pork is tender and the dryed beans are tender (if using them) and the topping is golden and crisp (about 40-45 minutes).
- *NOTE* to prepare this recipe using dryed beans, place the beans in a large saucepan.
- Add enough cold water to cover by 3 inches.
- Bring to a boil; remove from heat, cover and soak for 1 hour.
- Drain and rinse under cold water.
- Return the beans to the pot, add in enough cold water to cover the beans by 3 inches; bring to a boil; cover and simmer over medium-low heat until beans are almost tender (about 30 minutes) drain, then add them into the cassoulet as directed.
Yummy, a great dish on a cold winter night; we are looking forward to reheating the leftovers tonight ( luckily it is still near freezing here in TN .LOL )I omitted the wine as i didnt have any, and added a 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Twas delicious !! Thanks for another great recipe, Kitten.
This is great! I added a little more chicken broth. I fried up a whole pound of bacon and then sauted the pork and kielbasa right in the bacon grease. After that I drained practically all of grease out and then sauted the onions, carrots, and celery. I cooked it on top of the stove for a hour with the lid on and then ladled it in a bowl and shredded some fresh parmesan cheese on top. Excellent! It was great with a loaf of fresh asiago cheese bread!
You've done it again! I halved this for the two of us and there was plenty left over. It has such a good full-bodied flavor. I cut the red pepper flakes in half and that was still hot enough for us. I left out the bacon and used a left over pork roast, cut up with the kielbasa. I used the dried beans and did the quick soak method. This is a great dish and would be a hit at a family get together. Thanks, Carole in Orlando