Bonfire bangers & beans

Bonfire bangers & beans

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
This comforting casserole is a real crowd-pleaser, great served with jacket potatoes on Bonfire Night

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal454
  • fat28g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre5g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.66g
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  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 x 450g packs herby sausages
  • handful parsley leaves, chopped, to serve (optional)



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the onion, celery and bacon, then cook for 5-10 mins until softened. Turn up the heat and add the tomato purée. Cook for 2 mins, then add the chopped tomatoes, sugar, mustard, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and 200ml water, then bring to the boil. Cook, uncovered, over a low heat for 15 mins. Add the beans and peppers, then simmer for 15 mins more, topping up with a little boiling water if needed.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5. Toss the sausages with remaining 1 tbsp oil and spread out on a baking tray. Cook for 30 mins until browned all over, turning occasionally. Nestle the sausages among the beans, then cover and place the pan in the oven. Cook for 30 mins more. Remove from the oven, sprinkle over the parsley, if using, and serve with the baked potatoes (see 'Goes well with'). Can be made up to 2 days in advance and reheated in a low oven or on the hob.

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Comments (36)

kuifke's picture

Very nice dish with a typical Anglo-Saxon taste. The suggested combination with the oven baked potatoes is perfect

rockcakeswales's picture

A great dish for a cold winter evening with Jacket potato every one loved it so warming and yummy :)

Foodmonster2's picture

Great sausage casserole. I also left out celery as my husband does not like it and used a few slices of salami instead of bacon (that's all I had). Came out perfect! Will definitely make again.

butterfly100's picture

This was a really easy recipe and my little girl loved it! I omitted the celery and added carrots for her. It had a hint of sweetness and we used different flavour sausages too.

brianhaynes's picture

Once again, another very nice recipe from Good Food. I give it four stars because we weren't too keen on the crunchy beans - will use butter beans next time.

karin007's picture

Pretty good.

jburton's picture

Wow this was lovely. I served it in giant Yorkshire puddings, i also added Smoked Paprika, mushrooms, Red Jalapenos and used red peppers from a jar, i also boiled some potatoes and dotted them over the top, i will definitely be making this again.

janetnick's picture

Lovely recipe. Used haricot bean the second time I made this and think they are in fact nicer. Also char grilled the red pepper before adding which added to the flavour.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was really lovely but far too much sugar. A teaspoon would have been enough. Good with grated Cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.

chloec271's picture

Always forget to rate it! Definitely worth top marks!

chloec271's picture

I made this on saturday - i prepared it in the afternoon although didn't do the cooking in the oven bit until later - i then popped some jacket potatoes in the oven whilst we went and watched some fireworks and then when we got back stuck the bangers and beans in the oven for half an hour so it was all ready soon after we got in! Great to prepare ahead and very warm and comforting after a night out in the cold! Everyone enjoyed it and I would definitely make it again! I followed this with 'olives' sticky toffee pud which can be found on this site and that also went down a storm!

jburton's picture

I would like to make this in advance and then reheat for Sat night. Has anyone else made this in advance and reheated? Im just worried that because of the beans the sauce may go quite thick after it has been allowed to go cold and then reheated, (i guess i could always add a bit of stock or white wine, should this happen.) And also is it better on the hob to reheat or in the oven??

lisaj1981's picture

This was delicious. I didn't quite have enough sausages so I added some chorizo chunks (I know that is a sausage) which went down very well with all of the family. YUM

pammiejay's picture

Fabulous & I don't even like beans! I differed from the recipe by adding pork chipolata sausages, a jar of roasted peppers, rosemary instead of thyme and smokey bacon lardons. Great prepare ahead meal which was loved by 3 generations of my family. Definitely make again.

jburton's picture

This sounds wonderful, we love sausages especially my fella so its always nice to find different ideas to do with them. And to be able to prepare this in advance is always an added bonus. I have lots of sweet potato's at the moment so i will make sweet potato mash to go with this, also i will take on board what welshgirl added to hers and i will do the same.x

practicenurse's picture

Great recipe but I pepped it up a bit. I used Beef sausages & added a beef oxo, 2 crushed dried chillies & a pinch of smoked paprika. I found that these added extras brought out a bit more warmth and spice, just perfect for a night around the fire.


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