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.
- 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:
- Preheat the oven to 200°C
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scatter over the cheese and bake for a further 5 minutes.
- 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.
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.