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Cheese, Peasant Food

Sausage & Bean Bake

As of next week I’m going to be looking at doing a week of tasty, but budget, meals and this was my inspiration. The ingredients that I used for this dish cost less than £3.50 in total – we both thought it was delicious too. In truth I think you could actually do it for under £2 if you only used budget / own brand ingredients but you’ll know as well as I do, if you can afford the better ingredients you get a better result, 99% of the time.

I found this recipe on on the Good Food Channel’s website and it’s another one by Rachel Allen who was responsible for the first recipe I tested on this site, Baked Fish with Tomato, Cucumber & Ginger Salsa. They are 2 very different styles but they’re both really tasty. The original recipe can be found here.

This could be so cheap...

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed / finely grated
  • 400g tinned tomatoes, chopped
  • 410g tinned haricot beans, drained
  • Few pinches sugar
  • 225g good quality pork sausages, any type works well, cut into 2cm thick slices
  • 100g cheddar cheese, grated

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook, stirring every now and then for 5-8 minutes until the onions are soft.
  3. Add the tomatoes and beans and bring to the boil. Season to taste with a few good pinches of sugar and more salt if necessary.
  4. Add the sausages to the tomatoes and beans, then tip everything into a pie dish and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until the sausages are cooked and the mixture is bubbling.
  5. Scatter over the cheese and bake  for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with baked potatoes or pasta or lots of crusty white bread.

The recipe says this will serve 4 to 6 people, I disagree. My original plan was to put this in giant Yorkshire puddings but I couldn’t get them on the day so we I just split the mixture between two individual pie dishes and served it up on their own. This was ample for the two of us, I finished mine and Wife saved a bit of her’s for breakfast. If you were going to have a huge lump of carbohydrate on the side it would serve 4 and it would be even cheaper but it’s great like this.

One with, one without

The two pie dishes idea worked quite well too as Wife decided she didn’t want cheese and I was able to keep the two of them separate. Mine had the taste of a high end pizza, Wife said hers tasted like the best sausage and beans she’d ever had. A lot of the flavour for this dish comes from the chopped tomatoes so I would recommend getting the best you can.

My last suggestion is that ff you’re using cheap sausages then it’s probably worth browning them off first to get a bit more flavour into them. That’s it, a great dish that reminded me of being a kid but was anything but childish.

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