This recipe hugs you. Cassoulet is essentially the French version of an American casserole, and it delivers big time on flavor and richness. It is my definition of a cozy winter meal. The combination of flavors is surprising and wonderful and just offers you a retreat for a little while. It is the kind of dish I want to make as an annual tradition so I can look forward to it all year long, and not have so often that I stop appreciating it's goodness.
I hope that you love this as much as I did and that it warms your hearts and homes. Please let me know if you try any of the recipes I post and any comments you have! I'd love feedback :)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 onion, thinly sliced
1½ cups chicken broth
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 parsnips, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, drained
1 heaping teaspoon dried thyme
½ heaping teaspoon Kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
For the breadcrumbs:
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups bread crumbs
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a large dutch oven or soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until the sausage is browned. Once the sausage is cooked, tilt the pan to one side and use a paper towel to sop up and discard any excess oil.
2. Add the chicken broth and remaining ingredients (excluding the bread crumbs) to the pot. Bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the vegetables are tender.
4. Meanwhile, make the breadcrumb topping. In a mixing bowl, combine garlic, bread crumbs, parsley, cheese, and butter. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the crumb mixture over the cassoulet in the dutch oven or transfer it to an oven safe casserole dish.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and crisped.
*If you'd like to make this dish ahead of time, prepare it without the crumb topping. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 2 days or freeze up to 4 months. When ready to cook, uncover the cassoulet, sprinkle it with the breadcrumbs, and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour at 400 degrees.