I found a version of this recipe in the new Mumsnet cookery book, it was called “Cowgirl Stew” but I’m calling mine Sausage Casserole. It is actually quite similar to a French Cassoulet but with some non French additions (like Worcestershire Sauce!). It’s really, really tasty and my whole family love it (even picky child number 2 who hates beans!). I hope you like it.
Ingredients: (serves 6)
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 6 sausages cut into thirds (I used caramelised onion ones)
- 1 whole Chorizo sausage (roughly 250g) cut into slices
- 2 tins chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 400g tin baked beans
- 1 tin green lentils
- 1 tsp each dried Marjoram, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage and Parsley
- 2 splashes Worcestershire sauce
- 200ml lager (you can use stock if you don’t want to use lager)
- Salt and pepper if needed
- In a flame proof casserole dish fry the onion in some olive oil until soft, then add the garlic and carrots and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
- Add the sausages and chorizo to the pan, fry until well browned, stirring regularly (approximately 10 minutes).
- Pour in the chopped tomatoes, beans and lentils and stir until warmed through, add the herbs and Worcestershire sauce, then pour over the lager or stock and bring to the boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thickened (cover the dish if it gets too thick or add more water).
- Serve with some rice, mashed potato or crusty bread and some green beans. It is also good just on its own and has enough veg to count towards your “5 a day”.
- This is even better served the next day when all the lovely flavours have developed.
- Tastes even better with a large glass of full bodied red (Syrah, Rioja or Zinfandel, although traditionally Cahors is the French choice).