Simple Sausage & Bean Casserole
A simple sausage and bean casserole with cannellini beans, carrots and a rich tomato sauce. The perfect comforting, easy dinner for a cold evening.
Servings: 4 servings
- 8 good quality sausages use your preference - pork, vegetarian or chicken
- 1 onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves diced
- 3-4 carrots chopped
- 400 gram tin of cannellini beans drained and rinsed
- 400 gram tin of chopped tomatoes
- 300 ml chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves can substitute 1/2 tbsp dried
- 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- salt & pepper to taste
Heat oil in your casserole dish over a medium to high heat and brown the sausages - you don't need to fully cook them at this point, you just want some colour on the skins.
Take out the sausages and set aside on a plate, turn the heat down to medium then add the onion to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned.
Add in the garlic and carrots and cook for another 2 minutes, then add in the tomato paste, bay and thyme leaves.
Pour in the tinned tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil, then return the sausages to the pan.
Cover with the lid, turn the heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Take off the lid, give it a good stir to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pan, add the beans then let it simmer on low with the lid off for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Season to taste and serve with some veggies and potatoes, rice or crusty bread to mop up the sauce - I love this with creamy mashed potatoes and some peas or broccoli.
This dish freezes well - cool and portion to freezer safe containers then freeze.
Defrost fully before reheating and heat in the microwave or on the hob until piping hot.
*Please note, nutrition facts are estimated and are based on using pork sausages for this recipe
Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1210mg | Potassium: 1312mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 8017IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 6mg