Haricot beans with sausage & pancetta

Haricot beans with sausage & pancetta

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins Plus soaking overnight

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 4 - 6

This cassoulet-style one-pot is just the thing for a blustery autumn weekend

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  • 350g dried haricot beans, soaked overnight in cold water
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bouquet garni (we used thyme, bay leaves and parsley stalks)
  • 2 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 2 sage sprigs
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 125g pancetta, cut into thin lardons
  • 200g Toulouse sausages
  • 4-6 confit duck leg, bought or homemade (see recommended recipe below)
  • small handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

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  1. Drain and rinse the soaked beans, then put them in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add the vegetables, herbs, olive oil and pancetta and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1 hr, or until the beans are soft. Add the whole sausages and simmer for a further 12-15 mins until cooked through. Drain off the excess liquid, discarding the whole carrot and sage sprigs. The beans should have the texture of a thick soup. Remove the sausages, slice and return to the beans.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Remove the confit duck legs from their fat. Put an ovenproof frying pan on the stove until it is hot. Add the duck legs, skin-side down, and cook for 4 mins. Turn the legs and transfer the pan to the oven for 30 mins, until crisp.
  3. Stir the chopped parsley into the beans with some seasoning, then pour into shallow bowls and sit a piece of duck on top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2009

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mikitravis's picture

you can get them in waitrose

ddtowe's picture

Where do you find a toulouse sausage from?????