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I cannot tell you how happy I am right now.  This is my last week of work, and I couldn’t be more excited!!  I am so proud of my husband and how hard he has been working.  And I’m so excited that I’ll be home all day starting next week, just in time for the holiday season and holiday baking!!
Many of you know that while I’ve been working, I’ve been on the search for super simple supper ideas.  And of course, when I think of nights short on time, my mind goes to the slow cooker.  Now, I’ve said this before, but I have a love/hate relationship with the slow cooker.  Generally, I really don’t like the texture that you get from meat that has been in the slow cooker all day.  I’m better off if I can be there to monitor it, and if it is getting too “well done”, then I can take it out.  Well, that kind of defeats the whole purpose of the slow cooker, doesn’t it!?!  So I tend to do a lot of soup in the slow cooker, because those seem to work out the best for me.
This soup was the perfect slow cooker meal.  Although the sausage did lose a little bit of it’s texture being in the slow cooker all day, I love how it flavored the broth of the soup.  And this is super healthy, to top it off!!  I had to cut up a few vegetables in the morning, but I was easily able to throw this together before work.  I’m so glad I had a slow cooker success!!
Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet
serves 6
Prep time:  10 min
Cook time:  slow cooker 8 hours
2 (16-oz) cans Great Northern beans, undrained
1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14-oz) package smoked turkey sausage, sliced
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Combine first 11 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until vegetables are tender.  Remove and discard bay leaf.
Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese before serving.
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19 Responses to Sausage-and-White Bean Cassoulet

  1. Claudia says:

    I am guilty of letting my slow-cooker hide out in the back of the basement most of the time. I am thinking this recipe might allow it an escape to the kitchen.Love the combo of sausage and beans (especially the use of turkey sausage). And just hearty enough to ward off the coming chill. Bookmarked.

  2. Mother Rimmy says:

    Recipes like this are so warm and comforting this time of year. I love the use of turkey sausage!

  3. Tasha says:

    I absolutely love recipes like this- it looks so comforting and flavorful. The combo of white beans and smoked turkey sausage is a favorite of mine!

  4. Holly says:

    Oooh I'm always looking for crock pot meals-this one sounds perfect for the cold rainy days we've been having:) Yay for you and your family!

  5. Julie says:

    Congrats on getting to not work! (did that make sense?) I must make this casoulet!

  6. Joanne says:

    I used to love the slow cooker as well, but like you I'm getting a bit too picky to use it that frequently. This cassoulet does sound delicious though and definitely warrants breaking it out!

  7. Amanda says:

    Oh my, this looks awesome! I love that it's in a slow cooker too!

    Amanda
    ThePinkFork.com

  8. delishliving.com says:

    Ohhh wonderful! I have recently decided to do soup once/week on Sundays (SO great for lunches throughout the week) and this one looks like a keeper! Plus – I LOVE my slow cooker! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A recipe that would be perfect now that it's cold and that we need a little comforting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. Jennifurla says:

    Oh I am so so jealous! Good for you, and happy holiday baking. This looks fantastic.

  11. Maria says:

    Great meal for a cold winter day!

  12. Michelle says:

    this sounds delish, but the word "cassoulet" makes it sound way too fancy for me! I still might try it out!

  13. teresa says:

    lately i've been all about the crockpot. i love sitting down at five to eat without spending an hour slaving for it. this looks great, and congrats on getting to stay home, you picked a good time!

  14. Ingrid says:

    Yay for being at home. I semi wish I could be home or work from home.

    I feel the same way about the slow cooker. What I need to do is get a "fancier" one. One that I can control the time & heat level better.
    ~ingrid

  15. keepitsweet says:

    this sounds amazing, definitely saving the recipe!!

  16. kat says:

    Definitely a favorite for winter!

  17. ARLENE says:

    Enjoy your new "lady of leisure" status. Just be aware that time has a way of filling up whether you work outside the home or not.

  18. scrambledhenfruit says:

    This soup looks great- I need to use my crock pot more!

  19. grace says:

    crock pots were MADE for cassoulets. terrific bean and sausage combo, deborah–this is comfort food epitomized!

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