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French Country Casserole

This delicious dish is great for busy nights when you don't have much time to devote to dinner. It's a quick-to-fix version of a traditional French cassoulet that was an instant hit with my husband, who enjoys smoked sausage. Just mix everything together and bake. The heavenly aroma will draw your family to the table. Kim Lowe, Coralville, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 small onions, sliced into rings
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl; transfer to an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 60-70 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 268 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 894mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein.

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  • heatherde
    Jul 29, 2020

    This is one of our go-tos. When all else fails, make this. We have made one change: Upping the beef broth to 1 cup. We just like our a little brothier.

  • joycerm53
    Jan 3, 2019

    Good recipe. It is similar to a French Cassoulet that takes days to cook! I have taken this to potlucks and the dish is always empty. I vary the beans, used both the beef broth and red wine, cooked it in the crockpot and it is always good. Even better the next day! Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor.

  • Pookie72
    Apr 13, 2018

    I have been making this for several years now, my whole family loves it, including the grandbabies! I usually double the sauce part because we enjoy it a little soupy! Especially good served with cornbread.

  • cajoto
    Nov 18, 2017

    Sounds like simple chili-like dish,spiced with thyme instead.(..confused I thought I saw elbow noodles in the picture...) definitely must add celery,husband will want cheese on top!Sounds good and nice low calories,too!

  • Medic 716
    Apr 4, 2017

    Interesting flavors. Great cold weather dish.

  • skabicjan07
    Mar 1, 2017

    My husband and I made this for a church potluck supper in which we only got scraps of the bottom, because we were working to set up tables and everyone else was digging into the crock pot. It was such a hit we make it at home now. Thanks for a wonderful and easy recipe! :)

  • caree929
    Apr 24, 2016

    We love this! (Including my four year old!) it's filling and comforting and easy. I've served it for just my family and when we have guests and it's always a hit!

  • dverzic
    Sep 27, 2015

    This was ok. Ended up more like a chili. Probably won't make again.

  • MoniqueVT
    Mar 14, 2015

    My husband picked this out of one of my TOH cookbooks. It is not something that I would have picked on my own, so it was a wonderful surprise when we both loved it. I have made it many times the last few years, especially during the colder months. I have also put it in my crockpot all day with good results. It is a wonderfully hearty dish that we really enjoy.

  • lshaw
    Oct 10, 2014

    I can almost imagine myself eating at some establishment in Europe when I make this dish. I have made this since it first came out in the "Taste of Home" magazine many years ago. It's one my hubby has appreciated as well since the flavor has such sophistication.I confess to having made some changes over the course of time. For the sauce I use 1- 8-oz. can tomato sauce, 1 Cup of beef broth and 1/3 C. of the red wine. I didn't want the beef broth and wine to be an either-or thing--I think it needs BOTH for richness. I also use less than the amount of brown sugar called for.