Budget Friendly Hearty Autumn Meal: Sausage and Bean Casserole


Is there any dish more comforting than a good ol’ sausage casserole?! The slow cooker is out & I’m ready to make a cheap & cheerful (but oh so yummy) dinner.

Ingredients & Prices:

  • 12 x Sausages (any variety) Richmond £3
  • 300ml Chicken Stock (I use cubes) 19p
  • 1 x tin of chopped tomatoes 31p
  • 1 x tin of baked beans 56p
  • Handful of mushrooms 45p
  • 1 x onion 16p
  • 1 tsp paprika 4p
  • 2 x cloves of garlic 7p
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 4p
  • Salt & pepper 
  • Crusty Bread as a side 95p

TOTAL: £5.77 for a family of 4 / £1.44 per portion
Method:

I always fry my sausages first. I don’t care what anyone says – there is nothing worse than tucking in to a grey sausage! I like a bit of browning & I think it adds to the flavour. I don’t cook them all through, just a high heat, enough to give them some colour.


Next I chop the onion, garlic & mushrooms (VERY fine so my kids don’t notice)



Then I pour in the liquidy ingredients; chopped tomatoes, chicken stock & baked beans.


To this, I add the paprika, herbs & salt/pepper.


Once the sausages are suitably browned, I chop them up & chuck them in. I find they go further if you cut them into chunky pieces first.


Then I stir the concoction, whack on the low setting for 4-5 hours – and voila! A delicious, hearty, Autumn feast for the family! Even nicer if you add crusty bread 😋



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