Slow-cooked duck cassoulet recipe

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This delicious duck dish is fancy enough to make to impress your friends while equally being simple enough to serve up as a family supper. Get the recipe here:

slow cooked duck cassoulet
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time5 hours 40 mins
Total Time5 hours 50 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories574 Kcal29%
Fat25 g36%
Saturated Fat8 g40%

This delicious duck dish is made with classic French ingredients including Toulouse sausages, garlic, cannellini beans, and fresh thyme. Slow-cooked for three to four hours, it'll leave the duck moist and tender, with a good depth of flavour. The crusty bread topping would work well on any stew recipe as it soaks up the rich gravy whilst adding a satisfyingly crunchy texture to the dish.

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  • 4 duck legs, each cut into 2 portions
  • 500g  boned pork shoulder, in large cubes
  • 4 Toulouse sausages, twisted and cut to make 4 small sausages
  • 100g smoked lardons
  • 2 red onions, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • 1 garlic bulb, halved across
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 600ml hot chicken stock
  • 1 red chilli, scored down one side
  • A few sprigs of thyme
  • 1tsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large baguette




  1. Set the oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas Mark 3. Put a deep roasting tin in the oven to heat up or preheat a slow-cook pot.
  2. Heat a large frying pan, add the seasoned duck portions, skin-side down, and leave them to brown, then turn them over to seal the meat. Put in the hot tin or pot, drain off all but 1tbsp of fat.
  3. Add the pork to the pan and let it brown all over. Spoon into the tin or pot. Add the sausages, lardons, onion wedges and garlic halves, cut-side down, to the pan and brown them all over.
  4. Tip this mixture into the tin or pot. Add the tomatoes and stock to the pan, along with the chilli, thyme and sherry vinegar. Bring to the boil. Add the beans and pour it all into the tin or pot; stir to mix. Cover the tin with foil, shiny side down, and cook for 1½ hours. Cook in the pot on Auto for 4-5 hours.
  5. Take the tin out of the oven. Discard the garlic and chilli, if you like. Tear chunks off the baguette and throw them on top. Put the cassoulet in the oven and turn up the heat to 180°C/356°F/Gas Mark 4 to cook, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes to crisp bread. Tip the cassoulet cooked in the slow-cook pot into a roasting tin and finish off in the oven, as above.
Top Tip for making Slow-cooked duck cassoulet

You can leave out the pork andadd 8 sausages if you prefer.

Food & Recipes writer

Sue McMahon is a former Food and Recipes Writer at GoodTo and Cooking Editor at Woman's Weekly. Her primary passion is cakes and Sue regularly travels the world teaching cake decorating. Her biggest achievement to date was winning the Prix d’honneur at La Salon Culinaire International de Londres beating over 1,200 other entries.