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Cassoulet - French Classic Pork and Sausage Stew Recipe

Cassoulet, named after the earthenware vessel on which it is served, is an aromatic not to mention hearty bean and meat stew guaranteed to warm your heart and your stomach during the cold winter months of the northern hemisphere. Cassoulet is a truly rustic dish with a blend of aromatic and savory spices that impart upon this dish a unique and intense flavor. 
Course Main dish
Cuisine French
Keyword bacon, crock pot, herbs, pork, sausage, slow cook, stew
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6
Calories 530 kcal


  • 1 lbs Great Northern Beans dried
  • 3 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 cups red wine
  • 1 onion cut into chunks
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes canned type
  • 3 carrots sliced into ½" pieces
  • ½ lb garlic sausage partially cooked and sliced
  • 1 lbs pork shoulder cut into 1 inch chunks
  • ½ lb slab bacon cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 Tbsp parsley 6 whole fresh sprigs
  • 2 Tbsp thyme 6 whole fresh sprigs
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 250°F.

  2. Tie the thyme and parsley sprigs with butcher's twine. (This will be added to the casserole)
  3. Place all the cut meat (bacon and pork shoulder) in a large bowl and add the allspice, salt and pepper and coat well.

  4. Rinse the beans and place in a large pot with enough water to cover on medium heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes and drain.
  5. In a large oven safe casserole place the beans, vegetable broth, tomatoes, meats and tied herbs.
  6. Cover and cook for about two hours in the oven.

  7. Uncover and add the wine.
  8. Continue to cook for an additional hour or until the beans and meat are fork tender.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I save and store cassoulet? You can store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • Can I freeze cassoulet? Yes, you must completely cool the stew before freezing. Store in airtight containers for up to one month. For single servings, freeze portions in a muffin tin and pop out the frozen rounds and store in freezer bags.
Nutrition Facts
Cassoulet - French Classic Pork and Sausage Stew Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 1338mg58%
Potassium 1013mg29%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 5720IU114%
Vitamin C 16.7mg20%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.