Mixed Bean Cassoulet

This bean casserole, a meatless rendition of the classic French cassoulet, is very high in soluble fiber, the kind that may help lower cholesterol.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
45 mins
Bake:
15 mins to 20 mins 350°F
Cook:
1 hr 30 mins
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Mixed Bean Cassoulet

Ingredients
3/4
cup dry Great Northern beans
3/4
cup dry pinto beans
1/2
cup dry garbanzo beans
1/2
cup chopped celery
1/2
1/2
cup chopped carrot
1
tablespoon olive oil
3 1/2
cups vegetable broth
1/4
cup water
2/3
cup dried porcini mushrooms
1/4
cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, chopped
1/4
cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and snipped
2
tablespoons roasted garlic puree
1
bay leaf
1/4
teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/4
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4
teaspoon black pepper
2
cups soft sourdough bread crumbs
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1
garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Rinse beans. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine beans and 8 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, place beans in water in Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain and rinse beans; set aside.
  2. In the same Dutch oven cook the celery, onion, and carrot in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or just until vegetables are tender. Add the drained beans, vegetable broth, the 1/4 cup water, and dried mushrooms. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in the roasted red peppers, dried tomatoes, garlic puree, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, and black pepper. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes more or until beans are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Discard bay leaf.
  4. Transfer the bean mixture to a 2-quart casserole. In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs, melted butter, and garlic. Sprinkle over bean mixture. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degrees oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until bread crumbs are lightly toasted.

Nutrition Facts

(Mixed Bean Cassoulet)
    Per serving:
  • 359 kcal cal.,
  • 10 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 5 g monounsatured fat),
  • 10 mg chol.,
  • 674 mg sodium,
  • 53 g carb.,
  • 13 g fiber,
  • 6 g sugar,
  • 15 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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