Thrifty Sausage Casserole

This recipe was an absolute godsend at university. Aside from the slightly time-consuming process of chopping a ton of veg (which is a lot easier if you club together), this is an easy one pot wonder that can feed a crowd and provide a vitamin hit while remaining on a tight budget. Because it bubbles away for a while, it means that if you’ve got some sorry looking veg at the bottom of your fridge it’s so easy to use up those last bits and adapt to whatever you’ve got in.

It’s important that you use some half-decent fat sausages in this, Wall’s just won’t do. For spending that little extra bit of cash, you’ll get such a meaty and herby flavour that makes this that little bit special.

Ingredients: (enough for 4 and some leftovers)

  • 8 butchers sausages
  • 2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced into crescents
  • 2 cloves of garlic, bashed and finely sliced
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 1 aubergine, diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped into rough chunks
  • 1 heaped tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 pint veg stock (from a cube)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tin canellini beans, drained
  • 1 tin butter beans, drained

Method:

  • Heat a large casserole pot over a medium heat and gently brown the sausages. If they are a bit slow to release their fat, add a small splash of oil to stop them welding to the base of the pan
  • One they are golden on all sides, fish them out and set aside. Add the onion, garlic and celery to the pot and gently fry (you shouldn’t have to add any more oil at this point)
  • Once the onions and celery are translucent, add in the courgette, aubergine and pepper and fry until slightly softened
  • Stir in the chilli, paprika and tomato paste, then pour in the stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil
  • Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and leave for around 45 minutes to thicken. If it is starting to dry out too much just add some boiling water
  • Add the beans and sausages, simmer for a final 10 minutes and serve in deep bowls with plenty of crusty bread for dipping

Enjoy x

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