Roasted Garlic & Butternut Squash Cassoulet
We’re celebrating World Vegetarian Day with a hearty butternut squash Cassoulet. A nourishing 1 pot meal from southwestern France slowly cooked in a cassole-the traditional clay pot in the hearth, we tweaked a traditional recipe for a meatless Monday. Makes 8 servings & tastes even better the next day!
1 whole garlic head
2 tablespoons. Villa Graziella Organic 8-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olio Nuovo Olive Oil.
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
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.
Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Set pulp aside, discard skins & preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat with 2 tbs. oil to pan, add sliced onions
Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 25 minutes, until onion is tender & browned, stirring frequently.
Stir in vinegar over low heat, add garlic pulp, squash, broth, thyme, salt, pepper & beans to onion mixture, stirring well, cover.
Place bread in food processor & pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 cup.
Combine bread crumbs, cheese, & remaining olive oil; sprinkle evenly over squash mixture.
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.
Let sit covered for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley, serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella Artisan Crafted Wine Made with Organic Grapes