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If you’ve ever spent any winter time in France, you’ve undoubtedly indulged in what I consider the ultimate comfort food of the French — cassoulet.

For those of you who haven’t had cassoulet, I hesitate to describe it as a baked white bean dish. Johnsonville mild italian sausage recipes Yes, white beans are the main ingredient, but how the French manage to infuse beans with such incredible flavor and richness simply amazes.


Recipe using italian sausage and pasta A proper cassoulet is loaded with fatty sausage, pork, duck fat, garlic, onion and salty-silky duck confit. Ground mild italian sausage recipe The dish takes a full day to prepare, as the flavors are layered in and cooked low and slow.

But back home in regular life, I wanted to create a version that evoked at least some of that comfort, without quite so much heft. Beef italian sausage recipe And, since white beans are affordable and incredibly healthy — full of protein and fiber — I thought it was worth the effort to explore. Baked italian sausage recipe Was I able to capture the wintery lusciousness of a true French cassoulet for a fraction of the calories, fat and salt? Nope.

The secret lies in roasting the garlic (I actually do a quick-roast microwave cheat) and slow-cooking the onions, which lends a sweetness that mimics some of the roundness of the (now-missing) duck fat. Italian sausage soup recipes Smoked paprika boosts the smokiness of thick-cut bacon, so the whole dish needs only a couple slices. Italian sausage zucchini pasta recipes Chicken thighs impart richness and cubes of pork tenderloin add meaty heft.

And my completely unconventional add? Soy chorizo, because it gives depth of flavor and a fatty mouth-feel for about a third the fat of traditional sausage. Italian turkey sausage recipe And because it’s so flavorful, I need a lot less to make an impact.

Place the peeled cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of water in a glass measuring cup. Recipe ground italian sausage Cover with plastic wrap (allowing a steam vent), and microwave for 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant and softened a little. Italian sausage bow tie pasta recipe Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Italian sausage pasta recipes Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Italian sausage recipes food network Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan. Italian sausage soup recipe olive garden Add the pork tenderloin cubes and brown just until golden on all sides, about 3 minutes. Sweet italian sausage soup recipe Remove the pork from the pan and set aside. Potato and italian sausage recipe Add the chicken thighs and brown until golden all over, about 10 minutes total, then remove and set aside.

If there is not enough fat still in the Dutch oven, add another tablespoon. Italian sausage meat recipe Add the onions and reduce heat to medium-low. Italian sausage recipe ideas Cook until tender, about 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and continue cooking until the onions are nicely caramelized, about another 10 minutes.

Increase the heat under the Dutch oven to medium-high. Italian sausage skillet recipe Add the celery and carrots and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Hot italian turkey sausage recipe Chop the garlic and add it along with the tomato, soy chorizo, smoked paprika and herbes de Provence, then cook until very fragrant and the tomatoes have softened, about 5 minutes.

Increase the heat to high and deglaze the pan with the wine and beef stock, allowing it to bubble and reduce for 3 minutes. Italian sausage recipe homemade Return the bacon and pork to the pan, then add the beans and bay leaves and stir to combine. Pasta with italian sausage recipe Nestle the chicken (and any juices) into the beans, then cover the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, toss the butter and breadcrumbs. Spaghetti italian sausage recipe Remove the cassoulet from the oven, uncover, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, then return to the oven and cook, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Homemade italian sausage recipe Let cool a little before serving.

Nutrition information per serving • 460 calories; 140 calories from fat (30 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 95 mg cholesterol; 700 mg sodium; 38 g carbohydrate; 12 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 34 g protein.

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Place the peeled cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of water in a glass measuring cup. Italian sausage pasta recipe Cover with plastic wrap (allowing a steam vent), and microwave for 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant and softened a little. Italian sausage hoagie recipe Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Italian sausage recipe food network Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Italian sausage recipe with rice Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan. Italian sausage pasta recipe white sauce Add the pork tenderloin cubes and brown just until golden on all sides, about 3 minutes. Best italian sausage pasta recipe Remove the pork from the pan and set aside. Mild italian chicken sausage recipes Add the chicken thighs and brown until golden all over, about 10 minutes total, then remove and set aside.

If there is not enough fat still in the Dutch oven, add another tablespoon. Turkey italian sausage recipe Add the onions and reduce heat to medium-low. Fresh italian sausage recipe Cook until tender, about 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and continue cooking until the onions are nicely caramelized, about another 10 minutes.

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Increase the heat to high and deglaze the pan with the wine and beef stock, allowing it to bubble and reduce for 3 minutes. Jennie o italian turkey sausage recipes Return the bacon and pork to the pan, then add the beans and bay leaves and stir to combine. Italian sausage bean soup recipe Nestle the chicken (and any juices) into the beans, then cover the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, toss the butter and breadcrumbs. Rigatoni recipe with italian sausage Remove the cassoulet from the oven, uncover, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, then return to the oven and cook, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Homemade italian sausage recipes Let cool a little before serving.

Nutrition information per serving » 460 calories; 140 calories from fat (30 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 95 mg cholesterol; 700 mg sodium; 38 g carbohydrate; 12 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 34 g protein.