Cassoulet the Vegetarian way!

We certainly love sitting on the patio and enjoying a good meal with wine. The weather had cooperated and we moved out there right away.

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This recipe for cassoulet may seem unusual as it doesn't have any meat. That's right, a recipe considered a meat-fest and prepared all sorts of ways in France has been adapted for vegetarians. I guarantee you, everyone will love this rich stew. It's become one of our favorites. I'll post the recipe at the end, it's super simple to put together and the slow cooker does all the work. Winner!!

Mix up all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Just give it a gentle stir. By the way, this called for sun dried tomatoes and the smoked ones are amazing. Highly recommended.

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It wasn't until we shopped at Publix and were browsing in the fresh produce section that we realized we could get the veggie sausages the recipe calls for. More like fat Italian sausages with basil and garlic.

So, when I made this, I just added these breakfast "sausages".  They were good but I'll bet the others are better.  Next time.

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And here you have it. A big bowl of protein in the form of beans and veggies and delicious juices that need mopping up with a good fresh bread.


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Here is a snap of the recipe I used from a Betty Crocker cookbook.

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Linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday and with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


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14 comments:

Vicki said...

Yum! Looks good, I bet my son and his family would love it!

Katherine P said...

I've made a cassoulet a time or two and have always enjoyed them! Not sure if I'd go full vegetarian (J is not a fan of veggie sausages) but I love the idea of using sausage in general. There are so many great artisan choices. I've been thinking of you with all the Hurricane Matthew craziness. Hope all is well!

Tina said...

Vicki, It's a favorite of ours. Easy to prepare and very filling.

Katherine, Thanks for the good wishes. We are further west and so all we are getting are heavy breezes and clouds. I feel bad for those who have lost electricity and their homes. Also, this recipe can be adapted and I tink you will love it!

Beth F said...

I like the idea of this a lot! The ingredients look great, whether vegetarian or meat sausages. I love using the slow cooker to help make dinnertime easier. Plus, when the main dish is taken care of, I'm more inclined to bake bread.

Mae Travels said...

Somehow I just can't get my head around a cassoulet that lacks meat. But I would like this dish by any other name!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I'm looking for some good vegetarian recipes, I'll be making this one.

My Cozy Book Nook said...

I'm looking to add to my slow cooker recipe list, and this one sounds delicious for a crisp fall evening. The fact that it has a French flavor makes it even better :)

jama said...

Oh, a slow cooker vegetarian recipe! Just what I needed. Perfect for these cooler Fall days. Thanks!

Claudia said...

I read recipes like this and think I've got to get a slow cooker and usually just make cassoulet in my Dutch oven. Don't know where I'd stash another appliance.

Carole said...

I've never quite seen the point of vegetarian sausages - maybe I should try some. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Tina said...

Thanks all! Yes, a slow cooker is a definite time saver and does the workload.

Carole, the vegetarian sausage has the texture but allows us to limit animal fat while we are getting heart healthy right now.
Planning on going into retirement in the best shape we can!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love cassoulets and love the idea of a vegetarian one. I really like Field Roast brand vegan sausages too--I find them at Whole Foods and they have a great variety and good texture.

Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays! ;-)

Le laquet said...

Yum, looks really hearty.
I love the idea of the tomatoes #slurp

nishitak said...

I'm vegetarian and always thought cassoulets were off-limits for me. This sounds like a fantastic spin on the traditional recipe.

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