This hearty, meat-studded dish from Southwestern France is the ultimate one-pot meal.


  • 500g/1lb 2oz home-salted belly pork

  • 65g/2½oz duck or goose fat

  • 1 head garlic, broken into cloves, peeled and sliced

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1kg/2¼lbs dried haricots, blancs beans, soaked overnight

  • large bouquet garni made from leek, celery, thyme sprigs, bay leaves and parsley stalks

  • 6 good quality Toulouse sausages

  • 4 legs duck confit, cut into two at the joint


  • 1.

    Cut the piece of belly pork lengthways into three thick slices, then cut each piece across into two.

  • 2.

    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  • 3.

    Heat 50g/1¾oz of the duck fat in a six-litre flameproof casserole dish.

  • 4.

    Add the garlic and onion and fry gently until soft but not browned.

  • 5.

    Add the beans and the pieces of salted belly pork, cover with 1¾ litres/3 pints water and push in the bouquet garni.

  • 6.

    Bring to the boil, skimming off any scum as it rises to the surface, then cover, transfer to the oven and bake for one hour or until the beans are just tender (this will depend on the age of your beans).

  • 7.

    Heat the remaining duck fat in a frying pan and brown the sausages all over.

  • 8.

    Lift them onto a board and slice each one sharply on the diagonal into three pieces.

  • 9.

    Remove the cassoulet from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

  • 10.

    Add the sausages and the pieces of duck confit to the casserole and push them down well into the beans.

  • 11.

    Return the casserole to the oven and bake uncovered for a further 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and the cassoulet is covered in a dark golden crust.

  • 12.

    Serve straight from the pot at the table.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 677kj
  • Fat Total 53g
  • Saturated Fat 17g
  • Protein 39g
  • Carbohydrate 10g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Sodium 245mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by PR44Report
this is a great recipe with a touch of french. i substituted the haricot beans for canned organic cannilloni beans. just what te doctor ordered.