Sausage Casserole

Preparation time
'
Cooking time
'
Nr of servings
4
Sausage Casserole

Here’s some lovely yummy comfort food perfect for warming you up after a nice long walk, or on any cold, frosty winter day.

It’s also the ideal accompaniment to Aunt Bessie’s soft and fluffy Mashed Potato. Make a big pan of our sausage casserole and you can have it one day with mash and the next day with a crusty French baguette - it’s even nicer the second day!

Preparation time
'
Cooking time
'
Nr of servings
4

Ingredients

2 
tablespoons 
sunflower oil
12 
good-quality pork sausages
6 
rashers rindless streaky bacon, cut into 2.5cm/1in lengths
2 
onions, thinly sliced
2 
garlic cloves, crushed
½–1 
teaspoons 
hot chilli powder or smoked paprika
400g 
can chopped tomatoes
300ml/10fl oz. 
chicken stock
2 
tablespoons 
tomato purée
1 
tablespoon 
Worcestershire sauce
1 
tablespoon 
dark brown muscovado sugar
1 
teaspoon 
dried mixed herbs
2 
bay leaves
3-4 
sprigs fresh thyme
100ml/3½fl oz. 
red or white wine
 (optional)
400g 
can butter beans or mixed beans
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat a tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the sausages gently for 10 minutes, turning every now and then until nicely browned all over. Transfer to a large saucepan or a flameproof casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon pieces in the frying pan until they begin to brown and crisp then add to the sausages.
  3. Place the onions in the frying pan and fry over a medium heat for five minutes until they start to soften, stirring often. You should have enough fat in the pan, but if not, add a little more oil.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 2–3 minutes more until the onions turn pale golden-brown, stirring frequently.
  5. Sprinkle over the chilli powder or smoked paprika and cook together for a few seconds longer.
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and herbs.
  7. Pour over the wine, or some water if you’re not using wine, and bring to a simmer.
  8. Tip carefully into the pan with the sausages and bacon and return to a simmer, then reduce the heat, cover the pan loosely with a lid and leave to simmer very gently for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  9. Drain the beans and rinse them in a sieve under cold running water. Stir the beans into the casserole, and continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick.
  10. Once it’s nearly ready, take your Aunt Bessie’s mash and cook this according to the instructions on the bag.
  11. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve with the Aunt Bessie's Mash Potato.