Duck & Fennel Cassoulet

Duck & Fennel Cassoulet

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 699 kcal
Author: Erin

This Duck & Fennel Cassoulet is an ideal comfort food for chilly winter days.



  • 1 pound D’Artagnan Haricot Tarbais rinsed and picked over
  • Water as needed
  • 10 tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 10 cloves garlic smashed (divided)
  • 2 onions peeled and cut in half (divided)
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped (divided)
  • 12 ounces D’Artagnan Ventrèche thin plastic casing removed, cut in half
  • 1 medium fennel bulb—halved cored and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup white wine or dry vermouth
  • 2 cups bone broth or chicken broth preferably homemade
  • 1 bouquet garni made of: 4 sprigs parsley 4 sprigs thyme, 2 bay leaves, 10 peppercorns, 3 whole cloves, wrapped in cheesecloth and tied
  • 4 D’Artagnan Duck Leg Confit
  • 1 pound D’Artagnan French Garlic Sausage cut into 12 slices
  • 2 cups bread crumbs preferably homemade
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Equipment: Cheesecloth & Kitchen Twine


  1. Soak beans in a in 7 1⁄2 cups water overnight. Drain.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a 6-qt. pot over medium-high heat. Add half the onions and carrots and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute longer. Add ventreche and beans. Add enough water to cover at least 3 inches above beans. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until beans are barely tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Drain beans (reserving the broth), leave onion, carrot & garlic with beans. Remove Ventrèche, cut into ½ inch dice, set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a 5-qt. dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining garlic, onions, and carrots along with the fennel; cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until liquid thickens, 8–10 minutes. Add wine; reduce by half. Add broth and bouquet garni. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low; cook, uncovered, until liquid has thickened, about 45 minutes. Discard bouquet garni. Purée tomato mixture with immersion blender or in a blender. Set dutch oven aside.
  5. Meanwhile, sear duck legs in 2 tbsp. olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat for 8 minutes; transfer to a plate. Brown sausage in the fat, about 5 minutes; transfer to plate. Pull duck meat off bones. Discard fat and bones.
  6. Heat oven to 300˚.
  7. Stir beans, ventreche, duck and sausages into the tomato mixture. Cover with bread crumbs; drizzle with remaining olive oil. Bake, uncovered, for 3 hours, adding 1/2 cup of your reserved bean broth every hour. Raise oven temperature to 500˚; cook cassoulet until crust is golden, about 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

After your beans are done cooking, be sure to reserve the broth. It will be drizzled over the cassoulet as it bakes in the oven, but you can also use it to make soups. 

Nutrition Facts
Duck & Fennel Cassoulet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 699 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 842mg 35%
Potassium 644mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 52.4%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 11.8%
Iron 22.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.