French slow-cooked stew

Cassoulet is a casserole made particularly in the south of France. It is called after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides.[1] The name comes from the Occitan caçolet (or cassolet). It contains meat (usually pork sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton), pork skin (couennes) and white beans (haricots blancs). It may be baked with an open or a closed top.

Bowl of cassoulet

The homeland of cassoulet is the province of Languedoc, especially the towns of Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Castelnaudary.[2] The brotherhood of Cassoulet "La Grande Confrérie du Cassoulet de Castelnaudary" organizes competitions and fairs about Cassoulet.[3]


  1. David, Elizabeth (1999). French Provincial Cooking (7th printing ed.). New York: Penguin Books. pp. 59 and 61. ISBN 0141181532.
  2. Dryansky, G.Y.; Dryansky, Joanne (2012). "The Southwest Trinity". Coquilles, Calva, & Crème: Exploring France's Culinary Heritage (1st Pegasus Books ed.). New York: Pegasus Books. ISBN 978-1-60598-329-5.
  3. "Grande Confrérie du Cassoulet de Castelnaudary".