Slow-Cooker Rustic Pork and White Bean Casserole
Why This Recipe Works
Inspired by the French classic cassoulet, we set out to create a healthy casserole in our slow cooker packed with vegetables and smoky pork flavor. For the meat we turned to easy-prep and lean boneless country-style pork ribs, cutting them into 1-inch pieces before adding them to the slow cooker. For smoky flavor, bacon was an easy choice, and we microwaved it along with the aromatics and vegetables. For the broth base, we liked a combination of crushed tomatoes and white wine. To ensure that everything was perfectly cooked, we microwaved chopped onions, carrots, and parsnips with plenty of garlic, as well as tomato paste for richness and body. To thicken the casserole, we mashed 1 can of beans to a paste before adding them to the slow cooker. The other can of beans was left whole and simmered along with the vegetables and the aromatics. The finishing touch to our rustic casserole was crusty toasted croutons made from a small baguette; chopped fresh oregano tossed with the croutons along with a little olive oil added a welcome peppery taste.