Sausage and Mushroom Cassoulet

Course: Main - Dish: Meat - Serves: 4

This classic dish is simple to make and is an ideal winter warmer for the whole family to enjoy.
Can be slow cooked or prepared in advance. Serves 4.


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2. Place the sausages into a roasting tin and cook for 30 minutes or until the sausage is cooked and brown. Turn the sausages occasionally. When the sausages are cool enough to handle cut on the angle into 2.5cm/1in pieces. Save any fat in the pan. Cut the chorizo to similar sized pieces and fry gently.
3. Place the dried mushrooms into a food processor with the rosemary and thyme. Process as finely as you can. Using a large pan mix this powder with 570ml/1 pint of boiling water. Stir and set aside.
4. Meanwhile, add the oil to the pan with a lid and gently fry the onion and garlic for about 15 minutes until the onion has softened, but not coloured. Add the fresh mushrooms and cook over a high heat for about 3-4 minutes until they have started to colour.
5. Add the canned tomatoes and tomato purée to the mushroom stock, mix and then add the beans and the mushrooms and onions.
6. Mix well and bring to the boil. Season with salt and black pepper. Add the sausages and any saved fat from the roasting pan. Add the bay leaves and simmer gently on the top of the stove for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
7. Cook until the liquid is reduced and clinging to the beans.
8. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and place under the grill or in the oven until golden.  Alternatively it can also be cooked in the oven for 1 hour at the same temperature.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 630
Protein: 28.8g
Carbohydrate: 49.7g
Fat: 36.6g
Saturated fat: 9.9g
Fibre: 12.1g

Canned beans are delicious and count as one of your 5-A-DAY

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