Bonfire bangers & beans

Bonfire bangers & beans

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(45 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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mrsjroberts's picture
17th Oct, 2018
I made this for the second time last night and after tweaking the original recipe slightly, we found it delicious! I added extra bacon (but used medallions to keep the fat down), 1 tsp of hot smoked paprika, 1 Bay leaf, 2 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce and a chicken OXO cube plus I used Chicken sausages - it was so good we ate double portions! I will be cooking this on Bonfire Night again!
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Joe Willett
19th Aug, 2018
I now make this every couple of weeks since finding this recipe. I like to add a few different types of beans like kidney and baked(washed). Also chick peas. Pretty much what ever is in the cupboard. If like me you like more sauce add more water and stir in some cornflower to thicken. Goes well with rice also.
21st Nov, 2015
Lovely dish, everybody enjoyed it!.
Sweet Pea K
15th Apr, 2014
A lovely family meal which went a long way! Perfect with baked potatoes and a dollop of low fat crème fraiche on top.
Cooking Freak
4th Feb, 2014
Just finished eating this it's lovely I wouldn't change anything. Kids very quite while eating it so it's a family hit. I think using good quality sausages is a must in this recipe.
23rd Oct, 2013
Yum! Added paprika, bay leaves and red wine as others suggested, plus a carrot, chopped spinach, marjoram and some red wine vinegar. Substituted half the beans for puy lentils as well and it came up a treat.
20th Sep, 2013
Made an couple of times and is very yummy dish. Definitely recommend trying.
7th Nov, 2012
Lovely! Served it up for a crowd before heading out to see the fireworks and it went down a treat!
4th Nov, 2012
Cracking recipe. Used some of the reader suggestions too and added smoked paprika and a couple of fresh chillies. Also added a couple of chopped jalapeños and a bay leaf for some depth. Completely agree on less sugar, a little goes a long way.
19th Oct, 2012
I thought this was nice, but the kids really didn't like the sauce! :-(


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