vegetarian thanksgiving, cassoulet

Cassoulet

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine

Chop up all your veggies so that they will be ready to cook. The following  3 ingredients make up the traditional mirepoix:

  • 2 1/2 cups-3 cups chopped carrots, cut into rounds (about 5 or 6 carrots)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (1-2 stalks of celery)
  • 6 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2-3 leeks) NOTE: Discard the fibrous, dark green parts (Leeks are often pretty dirty so make vertical slits on the ends of them before you chop them and swish them in a bowl of water to remove excess dirt)

vegetarian thanksgiving, cassoulet

Chop the Other Ingredients

  • 3 cups potatoes, cut into a small dice (potatoes should be peeled before cutting)
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add all the veggies, 5 cloves of chopped garlic, 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp to 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Mix to ensure that all the veggies are well covered with olive oil. Stir regularly to keep veggies from sticking to the pot. Partially cover the pot and let cook until the leeks become golden and the other veggies start to soften, about 15 minutes.

vegetarian thanksgiving, cassoulet

Add the Beans

Add 2 cans of drained and washed cannellini beans and a quart of water and cover again partially. Bring the heat up a bit so that the mixture comes to a simmer.

vegetarian thanksgiving, cassoulet

Simmer

Let simmer for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. The cassoulet should have a consistency similar to a soup or a stew, with less liquid (kind of like the filling to a pot pie). Taste, adding up to another 1/2 tsp salt. Discard bay leaf.

vegetarian thanksgiving, cassoulet

Serve

Serve warm with bread or rolls to sop up the cassoulet.

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Sausage Option

If it isn’t a veggie Thanksgiving at your house without some faux meats, dice some vegan sausages and brown them. Add to cassoulet just before serving so that they don’t get too mushy.

Happy eating!