Dinner Tonight: White Bean Cassoulet

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I’ve gotten into the habit of preparing easy-to-reheat-or-assemble foods in advance to make the week a little easier. Since I only have to worry about pleasing myself at dinnertime, this leads to a lot of soup, salad and sandwiches. Once in a while, though, you want to feel like you’ve been fussed over a little. That’s exactly why, using this recipe and a package of grocery-store soup greens, I made a white bean cassoulet this week.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 hunk butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 cups prepared white beans
  • 2 quarts liquid (I used had veggie broth and half water)
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot. Sauté vegetables until tender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 45 minutes- 1 hour or so. Remove the bay leaf.
  3. Serve immediately with fancy crostini (aka toast with hummus in my case) or pour into single-serving containers and freeze.

Do you have any favorite make-ahead recipes? 

5 thoughts on “Dinner Tonight: White Bean Cassoulet

    Izzy said:
    March 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Love how warm and creamy this looks.

      Jess responded:
      March 17, 2012 at 2:47 am

      It was really good : )

    Chiropractor in San Diego said:
    March 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Very inviting. Can it be tried as a dip? Especially if you have some leftovers 🙂

      Jess responded:
      March 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Dip sounds like an awesome idea! I’ll bet it would be great with pita chips or something else crispy.

    Easy White Bean Dip | Keeping It Real Food said:
    March 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

    […] on March 19, 2012 | Leave a comment Last week I made a big batch of white beans to use in a white bean cassoulet. I had a lot of leftovers, so after trying to decide between making white bean brownies and a white […]

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