Quick pork cassoulet

  • Time cooking time: 2 hours total
  • Yield Serves 8 to 10


    1 pound dried white beans
    5 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
    4 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of fat, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 pound kielbasa, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
    2 cups chopped onions
    1 cup sliced celery
    1 cup sliced peeled carrots
    6 large garlic cloves, minced
    1 tablespoon dried thyme
    2 cups chicken broth
    1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    1 1/2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Chopped fresh parsley


    Place beans in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover by 3 inches. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Cover and soak beans 1 hour. Drain and rinse under cold water.
    Return beans to pan. Add enough cold water to cover beans by 3 inches. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until beans are almost tender, about 30 minutes. Drain.
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook bacon in heavy large ovenproof pot until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to large bowl. Discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from pot.
    Brown pork shoulder and kielbasa in potl. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork and kielbasa to bowl with bacon. Add onions, celery and carrots to pot. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; sauté 1 minute. Mix in broth, tomatoes with juices and tomato paste; bring to boil. Stir in meats from bowl, then drained beans.
    Return to boil. Cover pot. Transfer to oven; bake until pork is tender, about 1 hour. Stir in wine. Season with salt and pepper. Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan and oil in bowl. Sprinkle crumb mixture over cassoulet.
    Bake cassoulet uncovered until pork and beans are very tender and topping is golden and crisp, about 45 minutes. Garnish cassoulet with parsley.
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