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Rustic Casserole

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
25 min
55 min
Not your Mother's casserole! Here's a fabulous spin on a classic French dish, packed with chicken sausage, beans, tomatoes and other veggies, and topped with buttery breadcrumbs. While the traditional cassoulet is a true labor of love taking hours upon ours to prepare, our version is ready in a fraction of that time, under 1 1/2 hours. Nothing will beat sitting down with guests to enjoy the luscious combination of flavors. This dish travels well if you are headed to a potluck affair. Toss some fresh baby arugula with cucumber slices and shredded carrots for a veggie packed accompaniment.


Unsalted butter

1 tbsp(s)

Panko breadcrumbs

1 cup(s), plain

Fresh parsley

½ cup(s), chopped

Olive oil

1 tbsp(s)


1½ cup(s), chopped

Uncooked chicken sausage

12 oz, diced

Shredded carrots

2 cup(s)

Fresh garlic scapes

6 tsp(s), chopped

Canned navy beans

23 oz, small white or cannellini, rinsed, drained

Canned diced tomatoes

7 oz, fire roasted variety, undrained

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup(s)

Fresh thyme

2 tbsp(s), chopped

Bay leaf

½ leaf/leaves

Kosher salt

1 tsp(s)

Black pepper

½ tsp(s), freshly ground


5 oz, baby variety

Dijon mustard

2 tbsp(s)

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat bottom of 13- X 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add panko and cook, stirring constantly until lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer panko to a small bowl; let cool and then stir in parsley.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage; cook, until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add carrots and garlic; cook just until carrots are crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Add kale and stir mixture just until kale is wilted, about 2 minutes; stir in mustard.
  5. Pour bean mixture into prepared baking dish: sprinkle with panko in an even layer. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes; remove foil and bake until cassoulet is heated through and top is crusty and golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes more. Slice into 12 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.


If you prefer a drier casserole, drain the diced tomatoes before use and/or only use 3/4 cup broth.