Quick Cassoulet

Last week, someone tweeted me a link to Pam Anderson’s Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausages and White Beans from her new book Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers over at The Merry Gourmet. It was brilliant, really – and today, as it hovered around ten degrees with grey skies and a constant threat of drizzle, it seemed like the most perfect fall (sorry, it’s true) meal in a dish. It took approximately sixty seconds to assemble, and warmed the house as it roasted over about an hour. I love that – the smell of dinner cooking between school and dinnertime – especially when it’s something that goes really well with a glass of red. And extra-especially when it’s something good for us and exceptionally tasty – the juices all getting together to create a sticky mess of beans and soft tomatoes. This will become a staple around here this fall and winter.

A classic cassoulet is a big production in France, and isn’t typically the sort of thing you’d make for dinner on an average worknight. But this changes everything. All you do is tip a pint or two of cherry tomatoes into a roasting or casserole dish, toss in a few smashed, peeled cloves of garlic, lay as many sausages as you have people to feed (or a few more) over them, tuck in a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary, and drizzle some balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the lot. (The original calls for chopped onion too – go for it if you want.)

Pop it into a 425°F oven for a half hour to an hour – once the tomatoes start to split and release their juices and the sausages turn golden take it out and stir in a rinsed, drained can of white kidney beans (or 2 cups of beans you’ve simmered yourself).

My sister came in the door and proclaimed DOES IT EVER SMELL GOOD IN HERE! And it really did. And it tasted good. And it was fast (and yet slow – the best of both worlds, really), cheap, well-received by the masses. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

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quick cassoulet 4

Quick Cassoulet

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September 13, 2011

Ingredients

1-2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes

4-6 fresh sweet or hot Italian sausages

4 large garlic cloves, smashed

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

a few sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary

1 19 oz (540 mL) can white kidney, navy or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Directions

1Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425°F.

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3Scatter the tomatoes over the bottom of a baking dish. Add the garlic, lay the sausages overtop, and drizzle it all with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Toss in a few sprigs of thyme and/or rosemary, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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5When the tomatoes have split and the sausages are golden, remove the dish from the oven and stir in the beans. Return to the oven for 20 minutes or so, until the beans are cooked through and the sausages are even more golden. Serve hot, with crusty bread and butter.

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43 comments on “Quick Cassoulet

  1. Kathy
    September 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Wow this looks yummy and so easy. I wish my hubby liked beans…but i may make this anyways..can you advise approximately how many it serves? Thanks

  2. JulieVR
    September 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Kathy – number of servings depends on the sausages you use – ours would have served a family of four or so!

  3. Danielle
    September 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

    My husband’s trainer told him to lower carbs and boost protein. This will be perfect along with a leafy salad. Thanks!

  4. CathyH
    September 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I am making this tonight! Pure comfort food. Thanks again, Julie.

  5. suchalab
    September 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Julie, this looks great, flavourful and quick/slow.Off topic, yesterday on the eye opener you spoke of refrigerator pickles-can’t find a recipe in the ‘eye opener’ or ‘dinner with julie’ archives. Is it too late in the season to make said pickles and since I am the kind of person who needs a recipe to follow, do you have one you would be able to share. Thanks

  6. renee@sweetsugarbean
    September 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

    It’s time to bust out the comfort food, isn’t it? Everything is on hand to make this for dinner tonight – so excited!

  7. Melissa W
    September 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This looks awesome. With some Spolumbo sausages? Hello!
    Also love the idea of a quick cassoulet, since I’ve always kind of wanted to make one but it just seems so…long-winded.

  8. Kathryn
    September 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This is totally happening in my house this week. Yummy!!

  9. Amanda
    September 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I really shouldn’t read your blog before I go shopping… I came home with $70 worth of sausage (to be fair, I had a Dealfind coupon). Going to try this later this week with cumberland sausage from Rocky’s Sausage house.

    suchalab: Check out Pierre’s website (http://kitchenscraps.ca/) he had a bunch of really good refridgerator pickles.

  10. Jen
    September 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    This is dinner tonight!

  11. CathyH
    September 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and my husband’s comment was ” You can make this again “. That is as good as 5 stars!!! Delicious! I used Spolumbo’s chicken and roasted red pepper sausage along with 2 mild Italian.

  12. akajb
    September 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Would you need to change anything if the sausages were frozen? Or do they need to be thawed first? Also, would it be okay if the tomatoes are larger. Not big ones, but about an inch, inch and a half in diameter. Just wondering what I could use up that I already have. :)

  13. JulieVR
    September 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’m sure it would work fine – it may be easier to thaw the sausages first, but they’ll eventually thaw, and then cook, in the oven! I’d try it with chopped whole tomatoes – why not?

  14. Heidi
    September 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I made this last night and it was soooooo darn delicious! I added a little of the liquid from the beans and couldn’t have been happier. This is my new Autumnal go-to dinner!

  15. Brigid
    September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    See? This is why I think you are a genius. You continue to inspire me and make “What’s for Dinner?” an easy question.

  16. Lori
    September 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I made cassoulet once. One guest asked “what is cassoulet?” took a look at his plate and said “oh, fancy wieners and beans!”

  17. Laurie from Burnaby
    September 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Lori –
    Thank you, Julie. I’ll make that. It’s cool and raining here, too. Perfect for welcoming fall. I have all sorts of sausages and home made beans frozen, and tomatoes that I’ll have to pick before they spoil. I’ll do the chopped onions and garlic, too. Numminess :)

  18. Kira
    September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I made this tonight before hockey and we came home at 6:30 to a delicious feed. Keep the one dish ideas coming – it’s a long hockey season.

  19. akajb
    September 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Well I made this tonight. Mine ended up very soupy, but it was still good. I imagine it was because my tomatoes were larger. Definitely something I’ll make again.

  20. suchalab
    September 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

    made it last night. Easy one dish throw it all together and pop it in the oven, perfect!

  21. margo
    September 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    My husband and I loved this!! It is so easy, and sooo good!!
    Thank you. Where is Spolumbo sausage sold? I am in the Red Deer area.

  22. Vincci
    September 17, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Neat! I’ve made a similar dish with chicken thighs instead of sausage (http://www.cecinestpasunfoodblog.com/2011/07/chicken-with-white-beans-and-tomatoes.html) Would be fun to try this one!

  23. Cheryl
    September 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Next time you could also add in swiss chard, kale or spinach for some green. Yum!

  24. Margaret
    September 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Saturday night’s supper – you’d have thought I’d been cooking for hours the house smelled so good! It was an absolutely scrumptious meal. A definite keeper and go to this fall/winter.

  25. Courtney
    September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This dish is great! It’s even better than it sounds/looks in the photos. The smell of it cooking in the oven was enough to make my mouth water. I added both fresh thyme and rosemary since I had both on hand, and used spicy sausage. The spice spread throughout the dish as it cooked giving it a wonderful flavour.

    Thanks so much for sharing this Julie – I am doing to same with my friends!

  26. Cindy
    January 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This recipe has become a favourite in our house! Quick, easy and healthy and it makes great leftovers as well.

  27. akajb
    September 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I just have to comment on this recipe again. I love love LOVE it! It’s one of my favorites, and so easy to make. Sometimes with cherry tomatoes (tonight is a mix of red and yellow ones and one big one), sometimes with bigger ones chopped up.

    It’s one of the few dishes I’ve shared with people that they all start making over and over themselves.

  28. Dana
    March 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I make this all the time. It’s so easy and so good too! I love it.

  29. Marco
    July 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Oh my God, how can you call that a cassoulet !!!!????

    Look what a true cassoulet is : http://www.audetourisme.com/en/discover-aude/gastronomy-and-wines/the-road-of-the-cassoulet.php

    • Julie
      July 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Yes Marco – a true cassoulet is a big production for sure! That’s why this is called a quick cassoulet!

  30. Cecile
    July 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

    This is sooooooo fabulous it will make headlines on my page!!!!! Thank you Julie! How do I follow your blog?

  31. Cecile
    July 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Marco: Cassoulet has become synonymous with duck, beans and forty hours of kitchen duty. But cassoulet is any dish that is cooked in a Dutch oven whether it’s duck or not, and whether is cooked for an hour.I have had cassoulet at a friend’s who was a gourmand. and who also spent the entire week cooking this dish. With much ado we all gathered around her table in the middle of a snowstorm… well… let me tell you: with thee exception of the duck, fabada would have been as good. Look up Fabada… you will like it. It is a Spanish dish with white beans as well..

  32. Peter
    January 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I am making this tonight with andouille

  33. Phil
    February 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Cassoulet has it’s food roots in the Languedoc region of France, specifically in Carcassonne. As the history goes, this walled city saw many sieges. The fighters on the ramparts had to eat of course. The meal by default was a bean dish with various meats, cooked very early in the day in the baker’s oven, as no one had private stoves or ovens in their homes. Cooking was comunal in nature. Hence sprang forth cassoulet, just about as popular as the Big Mac in Medieval France.

  34. Kristy
    March 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This is an absolutely fantastic meal- so easy to prepare, incredibly delicious, our young children love it (ages 5 and 2). Everyone I have served it to raves about it. It’s nice to cook with beans, which we hardly ever do. Thank you Julie!!!

  35. stephanie
    January 1, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I have made a similar recipe several times and we LOVE this one. I always add a bit of white wine and a slice or two of nitrate free bacon. Gives it a nice smoky flavor.

  36. stephanie
    January 1, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Oh! I forgot to mention we had a family member cook the real French version of Cassoulet and she said it took her days to prepare and cook it. It was amazing but I sure am glad someone came up with a simpler version..hahah! Thank you!

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