White Bean Cassoulet

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 herb bouquet tied with kitchen string: 4 stems fresh rosemary, 8 stems fresh oregano, 10 stems fresh thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 cans cannellini beans, or 3 cups prepared white beans
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 4 links spicy cooked chicken Italian sausage, sliced, recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup Spinach Pesto, recipe follows
  • Garlic-Parmesan Crostini, recipe follows
  • Sauted Italian Sausage:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 spicy chicken Italian sausage
  • Spinach Pesto:
  • 1/2 pound spinach leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh white pepper
  • Garlic Parmesan Crostini:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 French style baguette, cut into 24 (1/2-inch thick) slices
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan
Directions

Heat the oil in a medium stock pot. Add the vegetables to the oil, stir frequently, and cook until lightly brown around the edges. Add remaining ingredients, except sausage, 1 at a time. Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir in sausage and allow to cook for 10 more minutes. Place in bowls, spoon 1 tablespoon of pesto and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sausage into each bowl. Serve with Garlic-Parmesan Crostini.

Sauted Italian Sausage:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season the sausage with salt, to taste, and carefully place in a single layer across the skillet. Cook the sausage for 3 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat or until browned. Turn the sausages and repeat on opposite side. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice into 1/4-inch slices.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Spinach Pesto:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.

Yield: 3 to 4 cups

Garlic Parmesan Crostini:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Brush the garlic oil on the top and bottom of each slice of bread. Place the bread in a single layer over a sheet pan. Sprinkle each slice with parmesan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on the middle oven rack until bread browns over the top. Serve.

Yield: 24 slices

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