Sausage and kidney bean casserole

    I'm not a big fan of washing up so any dish that only requires one pot is a big plus for me. I am, however, a fan of big flavours and easy recipes. This is a simple but hearty sausage and bean casserole that only requires one pan, is extremely flavourful and will satisfy the most manly of appetites.

    ThatBeardedMan

    Derbyshire, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Ingredients

    • 1tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 onion
    • 2 sticks celery
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 yellow pepper
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1/2tbsp tomato paste
    • 6 butchers sausages
    • 1tsp smoked paprika
    • 1tsp paprika
    • 1tsp ground cumin
    • 1tbsp dried thyme
    • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tin red kidney beans or butter beans
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • Pinch of salt

    Method

    1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
    2. Finely chop the onions, add to the pan and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes.
    3. Add the sausages to the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until the sausages start to colour.
    4. Chop the celery, carrot and peppers, add to the pan and continue cooking for 2 - 3 minutes.
    5. Crush the garlic into the pan, stir in the tomato paste, spices and dried thyme then cook for a further 1 - 2 minutes until the herbs and spices start to release their fragrance.
    6. Add the tinned tomatoes and the brine from the beans, holding back the beans for now, and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and gently simmer for 40 minutes. If the sauce starts to get too thick add some water to the pan.
    7. Add in the beans and a pinch of black pepper. Allow the beans to warm through for 1 - 2 minutes, check the seasoning and add a pinch of salt and more black pepper if required.

    Tip

    This is so good it can be served with just a small loaf of warm crusty bread and butter. Alternatively serve alongside mashed potatoes or even suet dumplings. Add a good slug of Worcestershire sauce, when checking the seasoning, for a little extra flavour. Adding some chopped coriander to garnish will add extra depth to the dish. This recipe can be modified to be a fairly easy camping or store cupboard recipe by swapping out the butchers sausage for a tin or jar of your favourite hotdogs. Swapping the sausages out for hotdogs will dramatically reduce the cooking time.

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