I dig the Italian style cream soup with sausage, beans, and kale. I was kind of craving it, but i wasn’t in a cream soup kind of mood. Leafing through some cookbooks, i came across a recipe for traditional cassoulet, duck confit and all. I (sadly) don’t keep duck confit around, but I did have beans and sausage, so I combined them into this super yummy casserole. Perfect for a cold winter day.

time: about 2 hours all told
serves: 6

Mise en Place
2 cups dried white beans 2 carrots, large dice
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 large onion, diced
1/2 tsp piment d’espelette 1 bunch kale
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained MEATS
3 tbs butter 1 1/2 lb bulk sweet italian sausage, in pieces
1 cup panko
4 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
kosher salt
canola oil

1 large container
1 instant pot
1 oven, 350
1 casserole dish
1 skillet
1 ice batch
1 large pot of water, boiling
2 bowls
1 mason jar
1 stick blender

Step Action
1 soak beans for 8-16 hours in 2 qts water mixed with 1 tbs kosher salt
2 bring large pot of water to boil, prepare ice bath
3 drain beans of soaking water, put in instant pot with thyme and bay leaf
4 cover means with 1/2 inch of water, afix lid, and pressure cook for 10 minutes. let naturally release
5 blanch kale in boiling water for 20 seconds, evac to ice bath
6 cut stems out of kale and then slice into ribbons, set aside
7 meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in skillet, add panko, a big pinch of salt, and toast panko till golden. evac to bowl
8 wipe skillet clean, return to medium heat, add a bit of canola oil, and brown sausage in batches. evac to bowl.
9 when sausage is done, reduce heat to medium low, add carrots and onions, and cook till soft, ~10 minutes
10 add garlic and piment d’espelette and cook 1 minute
11 using a slotted spoon, discard bay leaf and thyme. evac beans from instant pot to casserole
12 take 1/2 cup of beans and enough cooking water to cover and place into mason jar. puree with stick blender
13 discard rest of cooking water
14 add puree to casserole
15 add carrots, onions, kale, tomatoes, and sausage to casserole. stir to combine. taste and adjust salt
16 bake covered in oven for 30 minutes
17 remove from oven, cover with panko, and return to oven for 10 minutes
18 remove from oven, let cool 10 minutes, serve and eat

You could vegetarianize this and use mushrooms instead of sausage. it might be ok.