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Sausage & Eggplant Quick Cassoulet #Foodie Friday

Sausage & Eggplant Quick Cassoulet
Sausage & Eggplant Quick Cassoulet

This is a great dish for a chilly Spring day. The sausage gives the beans and eggplant lots of rich flavor. You get the illusion of a hearty meal but it as actually pretty light...as long as you don't over do the big pieces of crusty bread you are going to want to dip into this classic Mediterranean dish.

Sausage & Eggplant Quick Cassoulet

by Diane Balch

Preparation time:  30 minutes                             Serves: 4 - 6


4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
2 shallots chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 large eggplant peeled and chopped
8 ounces Baby Bella mushrooms stems removed and chopped
1 pound of Italian Sweet Sausage chopped
1 sprigs of fresh Thyme
2 15.5 ounce cans of cannelloni beans drained
1 cup of beef broth
salt and pepper to taste


1) In a large skillet on medium-high heat warm up oil and then sauté shallots, garlic, eggplant. mushrooms. Don't add salt until mushrooms are browned. Add thyme when everything is sautéed.

2) Remove vegetables from pan and brown sausage. 

3) When sausage is cooked remove it from the skillet and pour in the beef broth. Bring this to a boil while you scrap any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

4) When broth is boiling turn down heat to a simmer and return sausage and vegetables to the pan. Add the beans and warm everything through. Check salt and pepper. The longer you can let this sit the more flavor it will have but it can be served immediately with crusty bread dipped in olive oil or with a side of roasted potatoes and definitely a green like spinach. 

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  1. Diane, hope you have a speedy recovery!! Thanks for hosting...if they only made flavored gauze!

  2. Thanks for hosting and featuring my Stir Fried Cabbage! Have a speedy recovery dear...

  3. thanks for hosting! appreciate the opportunity to share! have a great night!

  4. Thank you so much for hosting this recipe and foodie link up. Absolutely going to make the stir fried cabbage and can almost taste the Blueberry Corn Muffins that were linked up this week. Hope you feel better soon.

  5. Thanks so much for hosting~ Have a great weekend~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  6. Thank you Diane for another party :) I wish you a blessed weekend

  7. Thank you for hosting each week and good luck with your gum surgery from someone who's been there. You'll be pleased you had it done for many years to come.

    I brought a southern favorite - pimento cheese, and topped it with a BLT, creating a new classic sandwich.

  8. That does look hearty! You've got a great collection in your link-up today. Lots of yummy dishes to click through and visit.

  9. A wonderful combination of flavors! Thank you for hosting. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  10. Thanks for hosting DIane! Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. The sausage and beans look fantastic in your photo. My first thought was "wow!" Eggplant is a nice surprise.
    Thanks for the party, Diane!

  12. Thanks for hosting and hope you are feeling ok!

  13. Thank you so much for hosting your great party!

  14. Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend ~ Paula

  15. Thank you for hosting anyway. I'm sorry you have to get surgery, I'll hope for you to have a speedy recovery and get feeling better soon! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  16. Thanks for hosting another great link party Diane!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    My best,

  17. Joining the link up again and enjoying the other amazing links! Thank you!

  18. Thanks so much for the feature! Hope you are recovering well, I have super sensitive gums so the thought of gum surgery sounds pretty dreadful!

  19. I need to add cassoulet to my foodie bucket list! I love the idea of a short cut version...sounds fantastic!

  20. What a great recipe. We will be getting eggplant in our CSA and I will give this a try!

    Thanks for dropping this off at the In and out of the Kitchen link party! I ca't wait to see what you come up with next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBIg.com

  21. Good Morning Diane,
    Your Cassoulet looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. I hope your surgery went well and you are now feeling much better, Diane! Your cassoulet looks good, a lovely lighter alternative to traditional cassoulet with lots of delicious flavours.


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