Roasted Garlic & Butternut Squash Cassoulet

Our dear friend & extremely talented cook Leslie used to make a delicious cassoulet she mastered while living in France. A hearty 1 pot meal nourishing the farmers in southwestern France & depending on the region, available ingredients (beans, duck, lamb, pork, sausage), were combined & slowly cooked in a cassole-the traditional clay pot in the hearth. We tweaked a traditional recipe using our Villa Gabriella Organic 8-year aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena. Enjoy this hearty dish for dinner on a cold Saturday evening, makes 8 servings & tastes even better the next day! 

Simple Ingredients:

  • 1 whole garlic head
  • 2 tablespoons. Villa Gabriella Organic 8-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olio Nuovo Olive Oil.
  • 5 oz. pancetta, chopped or unsmoked bacon
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 4 1/2 cups (approx. 2 lbs.) peeled butternut squash cut into 1/2 in. cubes
  • 1/2 cup organic vegetable broth (can substitute with chicken broth)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (15 oz.) cans cannellini or other white beans, rinsed & drained
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 (1 oz.) slices of bread or 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Easy Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate cloves). Wrap garlic head in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from oven & cool 10 minutes. 
  2. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Set pulp aside, discard skins & preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium–high heat. Add pancetta; sauté 5 minutes or until crisp. 
  4. Remove pancetta from pan, leave drippings in pan, add onion, 2 tbs. oil to pan & sauté five minutes. 
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 25 minutes, until onion is tender & browned, stirring frequently. 
  6. Stir in vinegar over low heat, add garlic pulp, pancetta, squash, broth, thyme, salt, pepper & beans to onion mixture, stirring well, cover.  
  7. Place bread in food processor & pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 cup. 
  8. Combine bread crumbs, cheese, & remaining olive oil; sprinkle evenly over squash mixture. 
  9. Cover & bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until squash is tender. Uncover & bake an additional 15 minutes or until topping is browned. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley, let sit covered for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve & enjoy!

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