Recipe by smart cookie
"I am married to a chef, but I can't cook. So I make a lot of food in my slow cooker when it's my night to cook. We love France and French cooking, and this recipe is a wonderfully simple, elegant cassoulet that even I can make and he loves. Wonderful for cold nights and dinner parties. Double the recipe for leftovers - it melds overnight very well."
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onion, finely chopped
boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped
fully-cooked smoked sausage, diced
dried thyme leaves
ground black pepper
3 (15 ounce) cans
great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 ounce) can
diced tomatoes, drained
minced fresh parsley
I loved this...did make changes, some from preference and some from necessity...and some from laziness. Made on stove top; did not use bacon; added three carrots and three ribs of celery; used two cans diced tomatoes with liquid; added ground sage and fennel seed. I really can't imagine the canned great northern beans cooking for that long in the newer crockpots which run so hot. I cooked the onions, celery, and carrots then added the chicken. After chicken was cooked, added tomatoes, beans, and seasonings and simmered for about thirty minutes. Thanks for the recipe!
The liquid was adequate. The beans were cooked fine. My husband and I thought the recipe was okay, but neither of us thought it warranted 5 stars or even 4. The overall flavor was uninteresting. I have just now rechecked the recipe to make sure that I didn't leave anything out. The sausage and bacon tasted like they had lost their flavor. This recipe didn't call for any salt and I didn't add any. I think it could have used some salt.
My family (including three boys ages six and under) loved it! I used turkey kielbasa and turkey bacon to keep this lean and still the taste was delicious. My only change was to add 1 c. water to keep everything moist.
I used chicken breasts and turkey smoked sausage. Couldnt find canned northern beans so I used white navy beans. This was really tasty.. will make it again as weather gets colder
My husband is French, we live in France, and I just acquired a crockpot, so I was eager to try this recipe. The whole family loved it! I was going to say that it needed more beans, but I just realized that I'd read the recipe wrong and thought it called for one can, not three. I happened to have chicken quarters on hand, so I used them, then removed the skin when it fell off. Made it a bit fattier, perhaps. My husband's suggestion was to add the sausage more at the end - he thought it got overcooked in the crockpot. Thanks for a great recipe!
This is a very good dish and very authentic tasting and the big plus for me it has an interesting background, historically speaking. My slow cooker has a clay pot (which cooks faster) and I don't know if that helped with the flavors but I'm sure it didn't hurt. Like many recipes, the flavor only gets better as a leftover dish. I serve it with a cheesy sourdough bread. I highly recommend this Cassoulet slow cooker recipe. Thank you, Smart Cookie, for submitting it.
My husband tries to eat very healthy and has been wanting to eat more beans for protein so i've been trying to find more "bean friendly" recipes. I made this recipe using turkey bacon, turkey kielbasa and chicken thighs. My husband LOVED it! He couldn't stop talking about how good it was. I reserved the liquid from both the beans (only used 2 cans) and the tomatoes and i ended up adding some of the tomato liquid back in. I browned the turkey kielbasa after i cooked the turkey bacon and before i sauteed the onions. I also left out the tomato paste (didn't have any in the pantry) and it still came out great. Next time i think i'll leave out the chicken and just use the turkey bacon and turkey kielbasa. I cooked it on high as someone else suggested for about and hour and then turned down to low for another hour and a half. The beans were soft but not mushy and everything was cooked through. I'm sure the leftovers will be great if they don't get eaten in the middle of the night. Overall great dish and i will be making again and again.
My family, including my finicky 6 year old daughter, loved this dish and I will definitely be making this again. I see a few reviews mention that the beans turned to mush, but my beans came out perfectly. Maybe its related to the quality of the canned bean or the fact that I did not stir once everything was mixed in the crock pot? the changes/substitutions I made, mostly for health reasons: 1) chicken breasts instead of thighs, 2) low fat turkey bacon and sausage instead, 3) I used twice the amount of tomato, specifically Muir Glen diced fire roasted canned tomato.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Cassoulet
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 170
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