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Pumpkin & parsnip cassoulet

Pumpkin & parsnip cassoulet

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 25 mins

Easy

Serves 6
This warming dish is perfect for a weekend get-together

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition

  • kcalories368
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre14g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.16g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large onion, chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g pumpkin, deseeded, peeled and diced

    Pumpkin

    pump-kin

    Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…

  • 500g parsnip, diced

    Parsnip

    par-snip

    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 425g cans mixed beans, drained
  • 780g can tomatoes

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 225ml red wine
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tbsp sugar

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 75g fresh breadcrumb
  • 25g vegetarian Parmesan -style cheese, grated

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat the oil in a large pan or wok, add onions, then fry for 5 mins until golden. Add pumpkin, parsnips and garlic and cook for a further 3 mins. Stir in beans, tomatoes, wine, stock, thyme, sugar and plenty of seasoning. Bring to the boil, then transfer to a large casserole dish, pressing the beans and vegetables beneath the liquid.

  2. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Cover, then cook for 40 mins. Uncover, stir well and cook for a further 40 mins. Serve with garlic bread and stir-fried cabbage.

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Comments (31)

djwinkles's picture
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I made this for a vegetarian dinner night as the main course and served as suggested with garlic bread and stir fried cabbage (with leeks and sesame seeds) and it was delicious. Thanks to the above contributions pointing out the breadcrumb issue as I would have ended up mixing them in at the half way point!! Two of my guests asked for the recipe, one of whom was the only vegetarian in the group who was wondering why she had never made anything like it - in a good way I assume as she asked for the recipe! I also used Butternut Squash as out of season for pumpkin.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

alison-oconnor's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous! I made this on the spur of the moment, so had to adapt some of the ingredients: I used butternut squash and swede instead of the pumpkin and parsnip and I used sage not thyme.

Is there a mistake in the recipe though as it says to put the breadcrumbs/cheese on top when it goes in the oven, but to stir after 40 minutes, so surely the breadcrumbs/cheese will be all mixed in (and soggy!) but the picture of the finished meal on the plate shows them on top and all nice and golden.

I loved this meal and will be making it again.

copyqueen's picture
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We really enjoyed this - nicer than you expect from the ingredients (and I don't like parsnips). Choose a light red wine though - a purple one will make the squash a funny colour.

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