Cali-kale sausage bake

Cauli-kale sausage bake

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4 - 6

This cheap, crowd-pleasing meal is easy, hearty fare. This needs hardly any prep and it's pure comfort food, with a good helping of veg and hot bubbling cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal544
  • fat41g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre6g
  • protein23g
  • salt3.5g
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  • 680g cauliflower florets
  • 180g sliced kale



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 400g sausages, meat squeezed out
  • 700g cheese sauce (shop-bought is fine, or see a recipe in our goes well with section)
  • 100g cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • mixed leaves, to serve (optional)


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the cauliflower for 6 mins, adding the kale for the final min. Drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and add the sausagemeat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Brown all over for 4-5 mins.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put the cauliflower and kale in a large baking dish. Pour over the cheese sauce, season and mix to coat well. Scatter over the sausagemeat and the cheddar. Bake for 30 mins until the top is golden and bubbling. Serve with mixed leaves, if you like.

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10th Jan, 2020
Really enjoyed this. We used vegan sausages to make it vegetarian and that worked nicely.
6th Dec, 2019
Really quite unpleasant.
koolk_2009's picture
26th Sep, 2019
Looked a bit weird, but was really tasty. I used beef mince instead of sausage and added some potato.
3rd Nov, 2018
Used chipolata sausages whole, added peas, carrots and sautéed some mushrooms in garlic, then made the cheese sauce in the same pan. Put everything together in an ovenproof dish as the recipient says - bakes for half an hour. Was amazing 10/10 would recommend and it gets and extra couple portions of your 5 a day in!
5th Feb, 2017
Doubled the recipe to serve 8 of us and the lot went. Easy, warming comfort food.
17th Jan, 2017
Adults loved it, children ate enough of it for me to want to make it again :) Used leftover cooked sausages and some canned sweetcorn.
Sarah Lucy
14th Jan, 2017
I made this for two. Used 4 sausages and pretty much halved all ingredients. It was really nice. My husband is a fussy eater and was not keen on the idea of kale, but it was a success! I will definitely make this again.
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Mandy Foster
16th May, 2019
Hi cant just sausage meat from butchers be used?
goodfoodteam's picture
16th May, 2019
Thanks for your question. Sausages often have extra flavours in them and we suggest them for practicality too but you can use a nice sausagemeat from the butcher's instead.
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Isabel Pollock
29th Jan, 2019
If freezing, should I freeze before or after baking, and how can I heat it up again?
goodfoodteam's picture
29th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. You can freeze before or after oven-cooking this dish. If freezing before, defrost thoroughly and cook as above. If reheating the completed dish, we'd suggest defrosting thoroughly and then, covering the dish in foil, reheat at 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4 for approximately 20 mins or until piping hot. Alternatively, you can microwave it.
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