Lamb Cassoulet

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Lamb Cassoulet

Lamb Cassoulet

  • Author: Ontario Meat and Poultry
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This rustic dish from the South of France is a hearty meal-in-one. The flavours stew and marry underneath a deliciously crispy crust of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.



5 slices of Ontario bacon, coarsely chopped

3lb Ontario lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

2 cups chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup copped, peeled carrots

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. fresh type leaves

2 bay leaves

2 cups chicken broth

114 oz. (425g) can diced tomatoes

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1/2 cup of dry white wine

1 19 oz. (540g) can white beans (navy or kidney), drained and rinsed

2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).

In a heavy large ovenproof pot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a large bowl. Discard all but 2 tbsp (30 mL) of drippings from pot. Increase heat to medium-high. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add lamb and cook until brown, about 6 minutes per batch. Using slotted spoon, transfer lamb to bowl with bacon.

Add onions, celery and carrots to same pot. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; sauté 1 minute. Mix in bay leaves, broth, tomatoes with juices, tomato paste and wine; bring to boil.

Stir in meats from bowl and add beans. Return to boil. Cover pot and transfer to oven; bake in the centre of the oven until lamb is tender, about 1 hour. Remove bay leaves.

In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and oil. Sprinkle crumb mixture over cassoulet. Bake, uncovered, until lamb and beans are very tender and topping is golden and crisp, about 45 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

Makes 8 servings.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 473.6
  • Sodium: 839.3g
  • Fat: 22.0g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.2
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.6g
  • Fiber: 5.8g
  • Protein: 41.4g
  • Cholesterol: 122.7mg
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