Alongside stir fries, sausage casserole has to be one of the most frequently made mid week dinners in my house. It’s super quick and easy to do, mega tasty and is the sort of recipe you can literally throw anything you’ve got in the fridge into. Not only do we make it so often because it’s the perfect midweek budget meal, but also because it’s one of those dinners that when someone asks what’s for dinner and the answer is sausage casserole, the response is generally pretty enthusiastic.
Whether you use bulk bought frozen sausages or the butcher’s finest, anything will work for this dish. Also use up whatever veg you have lying around, going out to buy specific ingredients for this dish totally defeats the point of it. This is a proper clean out the cupboards meal, ideal for that night towards the end of the week when you’re due to go shopping and you’ve got a random selection of bits and bobs leftover. Other vegetables that I will regularly throw into this dish include: broccoli, peas, spinach, peppers, carrots and many more.
8 sausages (any kind)
1/2 large white onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1 stick celery, sliced
handful green beans
a couple of inches courgette, sliced into half moons
1tbsp tomato purée
tin of chopped tomatoes
4 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper to season
oil for frying
1. Chop sausages into bite size chunks and begin to fry on a medium-high heat until well browned.
2. Add the onions and celery and cook for a minute or two until onions are starting to soften.
3. Add the garlic and fry for a further couple of minutes until everything has softened.
4. Add the rest of the veg and cook until softened.
5. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a few minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes and paprika. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
6. Throw in the mushrooms and cover with a lid. Simmer for 10-15 minutes while you’re setting the dinner table/clearing up.
7. When the liquid has reduced into more of a saucy and less watery consistency everything is ready.
8. Serve on it’s own as a hearty meal or with rice or just with a nice big chunky slice of bread to mop up all the sauce.