Sausage & smoky bean casserole

Sausage & smoky bean casserole

Sausage & smoky bean casserole is simply delicious. Do you know which is a healthier version for this dish? The one where you grill sausages first, then drain them on kitchen paper while you are preparing vegetables. But if you are planning to cook sausage & smoky bean casserole then make without the sausages. Allow to cool, then chop and/or mash to the desired consistency.

Ingredients

12 higher-welfare pork chipolatas

2 medium leeks

2 sticks of celery

2 cloves of garlic

2 red peppers

olive oil

2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

12 ripe cherry tomatoes

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

500 ml passata

1 teaspoon Demerara sugar , optional

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 x 400 g tins of mixed beans

a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley , optional

Method

Preheat the grill to medium and line a baking tray with tin foil.

Prick and add the sausages to the tray, then cook for 10 minutes, or until browned all over, turning halfway through. Remove to kitchen paper to drain.

Trim, wash and chop the leeks. Trim and finely slice the celery, peel and finely slice the garlic and deseed and chop the red peppers.

Heat a lug of oil in a large ovenproof casserole pan over a medium heat, add the leeks, celery, garlic and red pepper and cook for around 10 minutes, or until the leeks start to soften, stirring regularly.

Next, add the spices and cook for a further 2 minutes, then add all of the remaining ingredients, draining the beans first, along with a splash of water.

Stir everything together well, then push the grilled sausages under the surface of the passata and bring everything to the boil.

Turn the heat down to a simmer and continue to cook with a lid on for a further 45 minutes. Regularly check that it isn’t getting too dry while it’s cooking – you can always add a splash of water if it is.

Have a taste and see if you think it needs a splash more vinegar, then pick, roughly chop and scatter over the parsley (if using).

Delicious served with baked sweet potatoes or brown rice and a nice chopped green salad.

Recipe source: Jamie Oliver

 

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