Butter Me Up! Baked Butter Bean, Bacon and Thyme Cassoulet

45 mins (prep 15, cooking 30)
16 ingredients
3-6 servings
A delicious combination of butter beans baked au gratin with crisp bacon, onions and thyme - all bound in a tomato, crème fraiche and wine sauce! This should also be known as Fragrant Savoury Room Scenter - as the smell as this cooks is divine!! This recipe is real European fusion cuisine - the cassoulet idea from France, with the parmesan and wine sauce from Italy, and the crispy smoked bacon rashers from England. Serve this as a main meal for supper or lunch with salad and crusty bread, or as an accompaniment for sausages, stews, casseroles or roast meats........the bacon can be left out if you are serving it as an accompaniment. NB: This recipe was born when I tried to follow a recipe posted here on Zaar, Quick Gratin of Beans and Bacon - posted by Lindsey and originally a Nigel Slater recipe; I had no haricot beans, but I did have butter beans and lots of other bits and bobs to use up! I LOVE Lindsey's recipe - but feel that this recipe is different enough to warrant posting it - so, thanks to Linds and Nigel for the original idea! Preparation time includes cooking the bacon and the onion.

Categories:  served-hot , <-60-mins , onions , italian , bacon , french , one-dish-meal , low-cholesterol , lunch~snacks , easy , kid-friendly , main-dish , beans , meat , heirloom~historical , healthy-2 , comfort-food , taste~mood , low-in... , time-to-make , holiday , low-calorie , european , presentation , pork , healthy , vegetable , savory , english ,
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Serving Size (193.03 g)
Servings 3
Amount per Serving
Calories 63.0 Calories from Fat 18.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.1g 9.67%
Saturated Fat 1.3g 19.54%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 6.9mg 6.9%
Sodium 17.89mg 2.24%
Total Carbohydrate 4.24g 4.24%
Dietary Fiber 0.02 g 0.25%
Sugars 1.9 g %
Protein 0.78g 4.66%
Vitamin A 65.44IU% Vitamin C 0.49mg%
Calcium 32.3mg% Iron 0.18mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried thyme, butter beans, tomato puree, fresh breadcrumbs, freshly grated parmesan cheese