slow cooker cassoulet

Slow Cooker Cassoulet

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This past weekend was our annual ski trip to Vermont. This year we went to Mt. Snow, and we were pretty lucky that there was snow on Mt. Snow with the weather we’ve been having. It was 80F by us two days in a row last week so we weren’t even sure we would be skiing, but luckily there was still snow – enough for 2 days of skiing.

vermont skiing

It was a gorgeous weekend of skiing with beautiful sunny warm weather. The conditions were surprisingly good – there was lots of fluffy – though slightly wet – snow, but there were no huge ice patches like we get in the Poconos so we had an awesome time skiing. We rented a lodge just a short drive from the mountain with a bunch of our friends using airbnb. We all skied on Saturday and then everyone except for Aldo and I headed home on Sunday morning. The two of us stayed for another day of skiing and took off work on Monday so we can relax before heading back to work.

After skiing on Sunday we had an epic dinner at the Madison Brewing Company – fish ‘n chips and an amazing steak with caramelized shallots and mushrooms. It was the perfect way to end the ski season.

vermont dinner


When we got home on Monday I was too lazy to cook or do any errands, so I did what all lazy smart people do: made dinner in a slow cooker! I made this amazing Slow Cooker Cassoulet recipe that I created for Randall Beans. This is seriously the most delicious and gourmet stew you can make. It even sounds all fancy – ”cah-soo-lay.” Ooh la la.

slow cooker cassoulet


A Cassoulet is a French stew with white beans and smoked meats, and it is traditionally cooked on the stove top for hours to let all the flavors blend to perfection… but ain’t nobody got time for that! At least not on days that we come back from a weekend getaway! And that’s where the slow cooker part comes in. This recipe takes about 10-15 minutes of prep work and then the slow cooker does the rest. And let me tell you, this comes out delicious. The smoked sausages infuse the whole dish with an amazing smoky flavor with lots of depth, and you get a really yummy, hearty stew with minimal work. That’s my kind of recipe.

slow cooker cassoulet


Slow Cooker Cassoulet

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 small leek, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large carrots, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 10 oz baby bella mushrooms, halved if large
  • 1 28-oz jar diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 24-oz jar Randall Beans Great Northern Beans (about 3 cups)
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced into 1/3 inch pieces (spicy Salami and/or Chorizo work great!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the diced leek, carrots, and minced garlic for about 5 minutes. Add the celery and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  2. Transfer the sauteed vegetables to a slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve hot with chopped parsley as garnish.


You can use any kind of smoked meats you like - sausages, chunks of smoked pork shoulder, bacon, smoked chicken legs, etc.

Randall Beans recently launched their organic line of beans. The organic line contains great northern, pinto, black, black-eyed peas, navy, garbanzo and dark red kidney beans – so basically all the beans you could ever want in this world! Read about the organic beans on their website, and look for them in store or order directly online. (Please note, this post is not at all sponsored by Randall Beans, I just wanted to share the exciting news with you!)

Check out more yummy recipes I’ve created for Randall Beans:

Sweet Potato Mixed Bean Chili:

sweet potato chili
Sweet Potato Mixed Bean Chili. Get the recipe here.

Kale White Bean and Vegetable Soup:

Kale White Bean Vegetable Soup

Kale White Bean and Vegetable Soup. Get the recipe here.


Quinoa Bean Burgers with Cilantro Lime Greek Yogurt Sauce:

Quinoa Bean Burgers
Quinoa Bean Burgers with Cilantro Lime Greek Yogurt Sauce. Get the recipe here.

20 Minute Pork Three-Bean Soup:

Pork three-bean soup
20 Minute Pork Three Bean Soup. Get the recipe here.


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2 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Cassoulet

  1. So great to read that you guys got to take Monday off and have a couple days just for you! We also managed to do something similar, as last Monday was Clean Monday here (which is the celebration of the beginning of Lent), and we both got a day off work and left Athens:)
    The dinner you guys had looks great, and if you like fish and chips as much as we do (WE LOVE IT!), then please, try it once with a side of skordalia (the mashed potato version of it), you’ll love the combination!
    We laughed so hard at strikeout on the “so I did what all –lazy– smart people do” :):) We don’t have a slow cookers (the are available in the last few years here, but for some strange reason not advertised, and no one uses them), so we’ll cook your yummy recipe the traditional way on a lazy Sunday:)
    Sending you lots of hugs,
    Panos and Mirella
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