homemade sausage and white bean cassoulet

October 31, 2009

We have about seven weeks left of Autumn before we have to throw our hands up in despair and admit defeat to winter’s clutches. I fully intend on making the most of some of Autumn’s delightful fare while I can!

When you come home and your driveway looks like this, autumnal cooking quickly seems like the best laid plan for an afternoon. And so it was today (alongside making Halloween costumes) that I made a really awesome homemade soup from a stellar book I have called The Big Book of Soups and Stews.

For those wondering, a cassoulet is a slow-cooked bean stew or casserole that originated in the south of France. As with this one, typical ingredients are meat of some kind and white beans.

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 3/8 inch slices

  • 3 leeks, white and pale green parts only, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (1/2 tsp dried would work too)
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with juice
  • a few dashes tabasco sauce
  • 2 cans (or the equivalent dried, soaked and cooked beans as I did) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen baby lima beans, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a dutch oven over medium heat, warm oil.
  3. Add whole Italian sausage and brown for 15 mins, turning occasionally.
  4. Add Kielbasa and brown both sausages about 10 mins longer.
  5. Transfer to a plate and slice Italian sausage into half inch thick rounds.
  6. Add leeks and garlic to same pan and saute til soft, about 5 mins.
  7. Add apple, rosemary, sage, and bay leaf.
  8. Stir in tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, beans, stock, and tomato paste. Season with pepper.
  9. Bake, covered, about 1 hour. Remove lid and stir in parsley. Bake, uncovered, 15 mins longer. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  10. Serve with crusty bread or your preferred kind (I chose wholewheat bread n butter) and if you’re anything like me then a nice glass of red wine to boot.

Now before I say bye, a couple of things. First, thanks so much to all of you for your comments on my leg/running situation. You seriously made me feel ten times better about everything! I’ll update you soon on the dealio with that since I’m sure you’re itching to know.

Second, you people feel strongly about your oatmeal! Thanks for all the awesome comments with your favourite combos – I’ll be debuting a few and posting about them shortly! Yeah, that’s going to be an oatmeal-centric post.

Third, I would like to introduce the newest members of my family:

This is 8 week old Jamal…

…and his brother, Juan.


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Food Makes Fun Fuel October 31, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Congrats on the new family members! That's so awesome, they always look so cute at that age :-) Wait till they figure out how to open up your cabinet and start eating food they shouldn't be, or maybe that's just dogs


april October 31, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I just love your recipes! And congrats to your new family members.. they are absolutely precious!


Jenny October 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm

aw what precious additions to your gorgeous family :) this post makes me want to cuddle up with a kitty and warm bowl of soup and watch the leaves change color!


Michelle October 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I love your leaves picture!! And cute kittens! :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


runroamrecycle October 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I hate it when people say it like this.. but CUUUUUUUTE! I so wish I wasn't allergic to kitties because those are effing adorable.

Loooove our seasons here in Minnesota. Well, I love three of them. That one rhyming with splinter is a pain in the ash and I could definitely do without. ;)


mayapamela525 October 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Aww the kittens are precious!

Jamal looks so wise!



Holly October 31, 2009 at 10:32 pm

the kitties are adorable! hope your costumes worked out well :)

the cassoulet looks delish!


BroccoliHut October 31, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Jamal and Juan are adorable!! I hope you'll be posting more pics in the future:)


Emily (The Experimentarian) November 1, 2009 at 7:16 am

Awww! Kitty cats! It snowed here last week, so I already feel the grips of winter coming on. How sad! But I'll be clinging to the last days of fall while I can get them! xoxo


Susan November 1, 2009 at 7:56 am

Ahhh, Jamal and Juan are SO cute!! I have such a soft spot for kittens. Okay, who doesn't :P

Love the looks of this recipe! I've never thrown together anything like it before. It's boyfriend approved too since it has sausage ;)


Leianna November 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

OMG, where did you get those 2 cute little kitties? I love them, we bought ours at 3 months, I love them at that age!


Katie November 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

First of all, I am so jealous that it isn't winter there yet – we are buried under snow right now.

Secondly, I LOVE the little kitties!! How adorable!


Lele November 1, 2009 at 10:47 am

Kittens kittens kittens!

Your cassoulet looks rockin'. There's a white bean and butternut cassoulet from Cooking Light that I've also had my eye on.


ohonemorething November 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Jamal and Juan are such cuties :D Kittens are so soft :) Man you always feature such delicious recipes that seem to be bursting with flavor! I love it! And I can't wait for the oatmeal-centric post ;)


traveleatlove November 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Awww. . .welcome beautiful kitties! That soup book sounds amazing. If its the same book I think my friend has, it has a delish hangover soup recipe ;)


brandi November 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

the kittens are so cute! They're so fun when they're little.

the cassoulet looks like the perfect fall meal.


Sarah (Finding My Balance) November 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

mmmm, that cassoulet looks scrumptious and warm and delicious!

i love the photo of the leaves in your driveway. gorgey!

and the kitties? tooooo cute.


Whit November 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

OMG, the kitties! SO CUTE!


runnerskitchen November 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Love the cassoulet recipe – I think my family would really enjoy this. Perhaps I'll make it for them over the holidays :-)


Thinspired November 3, 2009 at 4:50 am

What a gorgeous meal! I don't think I have ever had a cassoulet. Is it just a fancy word for a casserole? Sorry, I'm un-edumacated about this stuff ;)


Alison November 3, 2009 at 7:13 am

Angharad – you have a lot in common with my mom! She has been singing the praises of leeks lately and has been using them in everything. I need to check them out.

Not only that, but she just got a new a kitten too!

I guess I have no choice to but start cooking with leeks and go get a new kitten. Mom and Angharad said so.


jesslikesithot November 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Aww those little kitten faces!!!! My heart just melted.


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