Pork and bean cassoulet

Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Part-Time Vegetarian: Flexible Recipes to Go (Nearly) Meat-Free

The Part-Time Vegetarian

By Nicola Graimes

Published 2015

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Method

In keeping with the French classic, this cassoulet includes cheap cuts of meat, but not in the volume that is traditional.

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2. Brown 550 g/1 lb 4 oz pork belly slices and 4 Toulouse sausages in 2 tbsp olive oil in a flameproof casserole in batches until golden all over. This will take about 5 minutes per batch. Cut the pork and sausages into large pieces and leave to one side while you sauté the vegetables as described previously (omitting the leek and turnip).

Return the meat to the pan with the stock and remaining ingredients (omitting the lentils) and bring to the boil. Cover with the lid and cook in the oven for 1½ hours until the meat is tender and the stock has reduced. (Remove the lid for the last 30 minutes to thicken the sauce.) Meanwhile, prepare the garlicky breadcrumbs as described (omitting the walnuts) and stir half into the cassoulet just before serving. Serve sprinkled with the remaining breadcrumbs and 1 handful of chopped parsley leaves.