31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals: Smoked Sausage and Bean Cassoulet

A cassoulet is similar to a casserole, only it is a slow-cooked dish with meat and beans. The idea came to us from France. And I’m all about a nice filling dish with lots of protein in it. This one has a nice variety of pork products and beans in it and really is a great comfort food for the middle of winter. 

Ingredients for Smoked Sausage and Bean Cassoulet 

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lb. lean boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 tsp. finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

How to Make Smoked Sausage and Bean Cassoulet

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.
  2. Remove bacon from pan, leaving drippings, and crumble.
  3. Add onion, garlic thyme, rosemary, and garlic to pan and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Place half of beans in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher until chunky.
  7. Add beans to 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  8. Add remaining half of beans, pork, sausage and tomato mixture and stir well.
  9. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours.
  10. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Serves 8

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