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Sausage & Thyme Cassoulet

Libby with Lemony Thyme
A nice slow cook turned all those flavors into the heartiest of healthy meals. One bite and you'll think "where did all this flavor come from?"  That my dear is the beauty of a cassoulet.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 links Jennie-O Hot Italian Turkey Sausage or favorite, casings removed
  • 2 Tbl. olive oil divided
  • 1 14.5- ounce can diced tomatoes I used Fire Roasted
  • 1 19- ounce can Cannellini Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled & small cubed
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cups fresh kale chopped & tough stems removed
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the crumb topping...

  • 2 cups loose fresh spinach leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbl. melted butter
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Remove casings from sausage links. In a heavy bottom pan, heat 1 Tbl. olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook through, breaking up with a wooden spoon during cooking. Remove sausage to drain on paper towels. Pour off fat from pan.
  • Add 1 Tbl. olive oil to pan, sauté onion, carrot, and sweet potato for about 5 minutes. Add in cooked sausage, kale, beans, diced tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, thyme, and seasonings. Cover; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine breadcrumb ingredients and sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until vegetables are very tender.