Butter Me Up! Baked Butter Bean, Bacon and Thyme Cassoulet

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 45mins




  • Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400°F Lightly grease an ovenproof gratin dish with a little olive oil.
  • Topping: Mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic together. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Cassoulet: Fry the bacon pieces in a large frying pan until crisp. Take the bacon pieces out and add the chopped onions - fry them gently in the bacon fat until the onion is soft but not coloured. Add the fresh thyme leaves and mix through.
  • Add the bacon to the onion and thyme mixture and then gently mix the butter beans through the mixture.
  • In a large bowl, add the crème fraiche, tomato paste, wine and sugar - mix thoroughly. Season with pepper and a little salt, as the bacon is already quite salty.
  • Add the bacon and butter bean mixture to the crème fraiche and wine sauce - mix gently.
  • Transfer all the butter bean mixture to the greased gratin dish. Sprinkle the topping over evenly and place the sliced tomatoes on top in an attractive pattern.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cassoulet is bubbling and the topping is a golden brown.
  • Serve immediately with a large bowl of salad and crusty bread, or, as an accompaniment for sausages, roast meat and poultry, casseroles, stews or grilled meat.
  • Serves 3 people as a main meal and 6 people as an accompaniment.