Cassoulet of bacon & Toulouse sausage with confit pheasant

Cassoulet of bacon & Toulouse sausage with confit pheasant

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 8

The ultimate autumnal comfort dish - it's easy to make and feeds an army

Nutrition and extra info

  • without confit on top


  • kcal751
  • fat50g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre6g
  • protein49g
  • salt3.59g


  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 onions, finely chopped



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

  • 8 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 8 Toulouse sausages
  • 400g whole piece of smoked streaky bacon or pancetta



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 generous glasses of red wine
  • 600g good-quality chopped canned Italian tomatoes



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

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 thyme sprigs


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

  • 2 x 400g cans white haricot beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 50g fine white breadcrumbs
  • a little chopped parsley to serve



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

For the pheasant

  • 4 x 500g jars goose fat (it sounds a lot, but you can re-use it again and again)
  • 8 pheasant legs, bone in
  • 10 black peppercorns


  1. Locate your heaviest deep pan (with a lid) and put it over a low heat. Add 2 tbsp of the goose fat. Soften the celery, onions and garlic cloves, then add the sausages and brown them all for about 10-15 mins (you may have to turn the heat up a bit).

  2. Remove the rind from the bacon and cut the bacon into 8 square chunks. Add the bacon and rind to the pot and pour in the red wine and tomatoes; I like to put the smoked rind in for flavour then pick it out later. Add the bay leaf and thyme, cover and simmer very slowly for 3 hrs.

  3. While the base is cooking, prepare the confit. This could also be done well in advance, since it keeps so well. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and season the pheasant legs well with sea salt and pepper. Pack these together tightly into an ovenproof casserole and cover with the goose fat. Add the peppercorns and cook for 2½ hrs, until the pheasant is tender. Remove the legs carefully from the hot fat and drain on a rack above a roasting tray. Increase the oven temp to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. If you are making these ahead, cool and store in the fat in the fridge. To serve, heat gently to melt so you can lift out the legs.

  4. To finish, tip the sausage mix into an ovenproof dish, stir in the beans with some seasoning and sit the pheasant legs on top. Sprinkle the whole thing with breadcrumbs and bake for 30 mins until golden. Scatter with parsley to serve.

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19th Nov, 2013
Used the cassoulet part of the recipe and it was delicious. Instead of 2 x tins of beans, I used 1 x tin of chickpeas and the result was lovely. Also, I didn't have 3 hrs to cook it so I prepared it all in the pressure cooker and gave it less than an hour for tasty, infused flavours.
23rd Nov, 2009
This was lovely BUT two things - (1) I couldn't find pheasant legs on sale on their own anywhere (even tried Borough market), and it didn't seem very economical to have to buy several pheasants just to remove the legs for this purpose, so I roasted a pheasant instead and shredded it in (was lovely anyway and reduced the need for so much goose fat!) and (2) I actually thought that there were too many beans in it - would just use the one can next time. I thought the sauce was absolutely gorgeous and rich after 3 hours on the hob but adding the beans seemed to dry it out a bit, which was a shame.
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