3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lb garlic and herb sausages
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
3 x 400g tins cannelini or haricot beans
1 1/2 pints stock/water
2 bay leaves
1 duck, cooked and meat removed
1 tbsp sugar
Salt & pepper
50 g breadcrumbs
Flat leaf parsley
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy based saucepan. Add the onions and cook over a medium heat until softened slightly.
Add the garlic and stir around quickly.
Cut each sausage into 3 or four pieces; add to the onion and garlic. Leave them colour slightly but ensure the garlic doesn’t burn.
Add the tins of tomato, stock, beans, duck and bay leaves. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes.
Bring the cassoulet to the boil; scatter half of the breadcrumbs over the top.
Place in the oven, without the lid. Leave to cook for 30 minutes.
Break the crust and leave more liquid come to the surface. Scatter with the remaining breadcrumbs. Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
The crust should be golden, sausages cooked and most of the liquid absorbed by the beans.
Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve from the pot at the table.