France is known for its sophisticated, delicious cuisine, but sometimes that comes with a high price… literally! Skip the expensive airfare or even the steep restaurant tab; Easy Cassoulet is a more frugal way to experience the finer things in life! This divine dish is loaded with delicious meats of many kinds–fresh ham hocks, seasoned pork shoulder, savory salt pork, and delectable, juicy chicken, just to name a few! It also only needs 1 hour instead of the traditional 30, proving that not all the best things need time. Easy Cassoulet will blow your mind and convince you to eat at home instead of flying all the way to France!

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Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 13 ounces smoked sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and diced or shredded
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

Step 1 –In a large dutch oven, cook the bacon and sausage over medium-high heat until the bacon is crispy and the sausage is browned, for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 2 –Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon and the sausage to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Step 3 –Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery to the drippings in the pot.

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Step 4 –Cook, stirring, until the veggies are tender, about 6-8 minutes.

Step 5 –Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 6 –Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.

Step 7 –Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and white wine.

Step 8 –Bring the mixture to a boil, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon as you stir.

Step 9 –Stir in the beans, chicken, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and thyme.

Step 10 –Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have fully melded together, about 20 minutes.

Step 11 –Add the sausage and the bacon to the pot.

Step 12 –Cook until heated through, about 3-5 minutes.

Step 13 –Transfer the pot from the heat.

Step 14 –Stir in the parsley and serve!