White Bean and Tomato Cassoulet- in the slow cooker

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Sep 24, 09:53 PM in and . Comments [3].

Tomato and bean soup

Someone asked for some good vegetarian slow cooker recipes today and I found this little beauty. A cassoulet, originating in the south of France, is a slow cooked bean stew. This recipe suits a slow cooker well.

Slow cookers are an absolute necessity for the busy cook who wants to make sure his or her family eats well. Having a meal which can be quickly prepared in the morning, is cooking all day and is ready when you get in tired from work takes away the temptation to grab a quick take-away or bung “something and chips” in the oven. They are great for using up leftover vegetables too, as you can put just about anything in to make a stew or casserole.


  • 75 ml olive oil
  • 1 mild onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, left whole
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 × 400g tins chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1 ×680g bottle tomato passata
  • 2 tbsp sage
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 ×400g tins haricot beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2×400g tins butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pinch of sugar


Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over a medium heat in a saucepan and cook the onion, 3 of the garlic cloves, the carrots and the celery for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add to the slow cooker

In the same pan, (you don’t need to be washing up two pans now!), heat the tomatoes and passata and season well. Pour into the slow cooker with the sage, thyme, haricot beans, butter beans, sugar and 3 tbsp of the oil.

Cook for 4 hours on the high setting or 8 hours on low.

Enjoy with some crusty bread.

Slow cookers are great additions to your kitchen. I use mine all the time. You can find some here

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Tags: Butter Beans, Haricot Beans, Tomato

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.


  1. I love my slow cooker and will definitely be trying this recipe out. Especially now the late summer seems to be over!

  2. Yes, I rather like the sound of this one! I’m rather a fan of beans.

  3. Made this recently but with a slight variation. I was not sure my slow cooker was large enough so I omitted a tin of Haricot beans and substituted these with a packet of tomato flavoured microwaveable puy lentils. I also left out the sugar.
    The result was excellent and very tasty. Placed in the fridge the flavours developed wonderfully. As a variation I added a touch of Soy Sauce to a bowl full and this again enhanced the flavour. Another addition could be vegetarian dumplings. A very good gut friendly meal and I will be making this again…..and again…….and again.

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