White Bean Cassoulet

White Bean Cassoulet

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • ½

    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

  • ½

    cup Spinach Pesto, recipe follows

  • Garlic-Parmesan Crostini, recipe follows

  • Spinach Pesto:

  • ½

    pound spinach leaves

  • 5

    cloves garlic, smashed and minced

  • ½

    cup toasted pine nuts

  • cups extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¾

    cup grated Parmesan

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon fresh white pepper

  • Garlic Parmesan Crostini:

  • ½

    cup olive oil

  • 1

    French style baguette, cut into 24 (½-inch thick) slices

  • 10

    cloves garlic, minced

  • ½

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


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