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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.53 / 5 (455 votes)

Prep time:
30 min
Cook time:
1 hr 45 min

The Hairy Bikers have reduced the calorie count of this hearty dish while keeping all the big flavours, by choosing meaty sausages and gammon


1. Brush a large non-stick frying pan with the sunflower oil, using the tip of a pastry brush.

2. Add the sausages to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, turning every now and then until nicely browned on all sides.

3. Meanwhile, trim the celery and peel the carrots and cut them into diagonal slices about 1½ cm thick.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Add the onions to the frying pan and cook with the sausages for 6-8 minutes, stirring regularly until softened and lightly browned.

5. Trim the chicken thighs of any visible fat using a good pair of kitchen scissors. Cut them in half.

6. Add the garlic and chicken pieces to the pan with the sausages and onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning the chicken twice until coloured all over. Transfer everything to a large flameproof casserole dish.

7. Stir in the gammon, celery, carrots, tomatoes, red wine and water, then sprinkle over the caster sugar and chilli flakes.

8. Stir in the bay leaf and thyme and season with lots of ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer on the hob, then cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 45 minutes.

9. Take the casserole out of the oven and stir in all the beans. Cover with the lid again and put the dish back in the oven for another 30 minutes.

10. For the garnish: just before the cassoulet is ready, prepare the garnish. Chop the parsley roughly and toss with the orange zest in a serving dish.

11. Serve large portions of the cassoulet in deep plates or wide bowls with a good sprinkling of the zesty parsley garnish on each one.


  • ½ tsp sunflower oil
  • 6 good quality herby sausages, use gluten free sausages if you are making this as a gluten free recipe
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 450g
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200 g piece lean smoked gammon, trimmed and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 800 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 150 ml red wine, or water
  • 300 ml cold water
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400 g can butter beans, drained and rinsed

For the garnish:

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A little disappointing, I found this dish was overpowering with tomato and lost all the other flavours, maybe I will only use one tin of tomatoes next time and make a gravy mix. I also didn't use the garnish!! Could this have made a difference?

MoiraS34046 MoiraS34046  Posted 10 Nov 2014 6:00 PM

464 calories per portion


This is SO good! I wish I'd grilled our home-produced sausages so they were less fatty, otherwise I did this as described and there's nothing I would change. I will be cooking this again!

The Dalai Farmer The Dalai Farmer  Posted 06 Jan 2014 9:32 PM

Calories included please.

LesleyM87267 LesleyM87267 Posted 04 Jan 2014 8:51 PM

Calorie count. Pleeeeease!

MarionW MarionW Posted 03 Jan 2014 11:02 AM

What's the point in branding something healthy when there's no nutritional information to indicate how many calories etc. you would be consuming per portion ? Even a rough guide would be great but to not have this listed at all renders the whole 'healthy' label as pretty redundant !

Christophe3037 Christophe3037 Posted 03 Jan 2014 9:40 AM

DianeH48240 DianeH48240 Posted 01 Nov 2013 5:11 PM

We have made this quite a few times and it tastes great every time. We shop at our local butchers where we know what we ask for is what we get and it's and locally sauced, we have used various types of sausages pork & cracked black pepper, pork & tomato and pork & leek and they all work well. Instead of chicken thighs we dice up breast of chicken saves fiddling around with bones.
when you have been out at work all day it is a bostin meal to have autumn, winter or spring.

RichW22003 RichW22003 Posted 09 Feb 2013 11:33 PM

Not tried it yet but will soon. Can you freeze it? Thanks

Janian333 Janian333 Posted 14 Jan 2013 9:41 AM

Excellent recipe, great for winter. Didnt use the butter beans because my partner doesnt like them, just added extra canellini beans. Also i used chicken stock instead of red wine because i didnt have any. Turned out beautifully, will be making it again soon!

christineP22 christineP22 Posted 22 Nov 2012 6:26 PM

Hi Andrea, thanks for your comment - the gammon does not have to be cooked first, just cut it into 2cm pieces and it will cook in the casserole with the other ingredients.



Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food Posted 01 Nov 2012 9:27 AM

does the gammon have to be pre cooked. Want to try it tomorrow and can't remember

AndreaG48722 AndreaG48722 Posted 28 Sep 2012 8:31 PM

Made this for family - only used x2 celery sticks and left out the thyme as I dont like it - it was a lovely tasty filling meal served with crusty bread, even though I forgot to add the parsley garnish when I served it up and I took leftovers for lunch next day. I did try a little with the gsrnish and it was lush.

JillyT1 JillyT1 Posted 07 Sep 2012 11:45 AM

I love this easy peasy,tasty meal...and serve it in my big pasta bowls with some crusty bread on the side.

amandaisalive amandaisalive Posted 23 Aug 2012 2:46 PM