Quick cassoulet

Try Jun Tanakas easy version of cassoulet if you love the French combo of sausages, confit duck and beans, but are short of time
By Jun Tanaka
Quick cassoulet
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  • Serves: 2-4
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 toulouse sausages
  • 680 g jar duck confit
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 300 g canned chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprigs thyme
  • 400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

For the topping

  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp leaves flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 thick slices bread, cut into chunks


1. Heat a frying pan or griddle pan and fry the sausages until coloured on all sides.

2. While the sausages are browning, heat 1 tablespoon duck fat from the jar of confit in a lidded pan and fry the onion and garlic until softened. Add the tomatoes and leave to simmer.

3. When the sausages are sufficiently browned, add them to the sauce along with the bay leaf, thyme and one leg of the confit duck. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Add the beans and stir, taking care not to break up the duck. Season lightly with salt and pepper and simmer with the lid on for a further 10 minutes.

5. For the topping: put the garlic, parsley and bread chunks in a food processor and blend to a crumb consistency.

6. Heat 1 teaspoon duck fat from the confit jar in the frying pan. Sprinkle in the breadcrumb mixture and cook gently until crisp and golden brown.

7. Once the sausages are completely cooked, spoon the cassoulet into a serving dish, sprinkle with the toasted breadcrumbs and serve.

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