Slow, Comfortable Piquant Pork and Bacon Cassoulet (Crock Pot)

"A delicious and comforting combination of beans, bacon, pork, chopped chili tomatoes and herbs. This hearty cassoulet type casserole bubbles away in the crock pot/slow cooker whilst you are busy or at work. Serve this with a tossed green salad and cornbread for a complete meal; alternatively, this is wonderful during the winter months served with steamed greens and piles of mashed potatoes."
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Ready In:
6hrs 20mins


  • 10 ounces pork loin, cut into 1 cubes
  • 8 thick pork sausages, cut into large chunks
  • 6 slices streak bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de provence
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounces canned great white navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounces canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (10 ounce) Rotel tomatoes & chilies
  • 2 ounces soft breadcrumbs
  • chopped fresh herb, such as parsley and thyme (to garnish)


  • Preheat the slow cooker on high. Place the pork in a frying pan and heat gently until the fat begins to run out. Add the chopped bacon and sausages then brown all over for about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove all the meat from the pan.
  • Add the onion to the pan and fry for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the seasonings and the herbes de Provence , and then add the onion mixture to the pork, bacon and sausages. Mix the two types of beans together.
  • Layer the pork and onion mixture with the mixed beans, then pour over the tomatoes with their juices. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top and cover with the lid. Reduce the temperature to low and cook for 6 to 8 hours. Served garnished with fresh herbs.

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  1. My DH and I didn't really cotton to this dish. Just personal preference, I guess. Thanks for sharing, though.
  2. We enjoyed this very much. I needed to make a few changes. I didn't have 10 oz cans of beans or tomatoes, so I used 15 oz cans. I added only one can of beans, because I didn't want to use two entire cans and I didn't feel like having a left over 1/2 can. I am also a heat whimp, so I only used 1/2 of one can of 15 once rotel and 1 whole can of regular diced tomatoes. I used two turkey sausages (each 4 ozs). For calories sake I skipped the bacon. This really quite good and about 10x easier than a traditional cassoulet. I think it makes a little more than 4 servings. I served with creamed spinach.
  3. This is exactly what I was looking for... lazy girl cassoulet. Very easy and hearty. I made the mistake of using the only bacon I had on hand which was maple flavored. That was pretty dumb because it gave the dish a slightly odd flavor. Next time I will use pancetta or regular bacon. I spluged on 4 different kinds of good quality fresh sausage from Whole Foods, including andouille, chorizo and hot Italian.
  4. This is a fabulous crock pot dish! I used your recipe #219873 as the basis for my seasoning, scaling down to what I needed for this recipe and what I had available. The meat was tender and the flavor was fantastic, not too spicy but just enough of a kick. Served with green beans and mashed potatoes for a wonderful meal - thanks for posting your recipe!
  5. This was the surprise hit of the day! I served 15 people (7 contest recipes) & this was a 5 star for everyone. I hope my photo does it justice! The only time I veered from the recipe was on the pork sausages. I couldn't find any at the store, but I did have some turkey & chicken sausages stuffed with mango & jalapeno in my freezer. I had two left over from a different recipe so I used those instead. The meat was so tender & the herbes de provence actually complemented the Rotel tomatoes quite nicely. There was just enough juice to make every bite moist & delicious but not so much that it felt like soup. I think this was a very good use of contest ingredients. I'm very lucky to have snagged this gem! Thanks for sharing your creation, FT! Made for Hidden Gems Event - Winter 2008.


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