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Slow Cooker Cassoulet
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This makes enough for your weekend meal with leftovers to enjoy during the week for lunch or dinner. This is one of those magic recipes where the simple ingredients yield a complex, flavorful dish. It’s also very customizable, but be sure to use a smoky sausage and bacon for the best flavor. 
serves 8

Ingredients

2-3 smoky bacon slices

2 medium or 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh

½ teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 teaspoon fresh

3 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup dry red wine

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1, 28 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained. Reserve juices

2, 15 oz. cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 pound lean boneless pork loin roast, or 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes

12 oz. package of smoked kielbasa sausage or Spanish chorizo, cut into ½-inch cubes

Freshly grated Parmesan and chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish

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Slow Cooker Cassoulet
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Directions

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to drippings in pan and sauté 3 minutes, or until tender. Deglaze pan with red wine, then add crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

2. Place half of beans in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher until chunky. Add remaining half of beans, pork, and sausage or chicken; stir well. If the mixture seems dry, add the reserved tomato juices.

3. Place half of bean mixture in a 3½-quart slow cooker; top with half of tomato mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on low in a slow cooker for 5 hours. This can also be cooked using a covered Dutch oven in a 325-degree oven for 90 minutes. Serve in bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve with rice or crusty bread and sautéed greens for a complete meal.

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