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Slow cooker sausage casserole

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(67 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 4 hrs 4 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low


Serves 4

You can use your favourite type of sausages to make this family-friendly slow cooker casserole. Serve it over pasta, in baked potatoes or with bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal449
  • fat28g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre8g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.9g


  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

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  • 4 carrots, cut into fat pieces
  • 12 chipolatas, each halved
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

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    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée or tomato and veg purée
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 beef stock cube or stock pot


  1. Fry the onion and celery in the oil over a low heat until it starts to soften and cook, about 5 mins, then spoon it into the slow cooker. Fry the carrots briefly and add them too.

  2. Brown the sausages all over in the same frying pan – make sure they get a really good colour because they won’t get any browner in the slow cooker. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the sweet potato and tomatoes.

  3. Put the purée in the frying pan and add 250ml boiling water, swirl everything around to pick up every last bit of flavour, and tip the lot into the slow cooker. Add the herbs, stock cube and some pepper. Don’t add salt until the casserole is cooked as the stock can be quite salty. Cook on high for 4 hrs or on low for 8 hrs, then serve or leave to cool and freeze.

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4th Jul, 2020
I made a double quantity, used 20 regular sausages and cooked it low on the hob for a couple of hours (covered, so didn't need any extra water although I did add a splash of red wine). Delicious- and made enough for 4 adults and 6 kids with another three adult portions left over.
5th Mar, 2020
So simple yet so tasty..! I used the chicken chipolatas from Aldi. Normally my fam wouldn't eat them but they all gobbled it down. My hubby has asked for it again this week. I used normal potatoes though as there's only me who likes sweet potato. It was still really yummy
10th Feb, 2020
This is yummy! I cook the sausages in the oven while I make the sauce and prep the veg. I use a bottle of M&S passata instead of the tin of tomatoes, due to a fussy child who doesn't like lumps of tomato, a whole 142g tin of tomato pure, a tablespoon of thyme and rosemary; I don't have a slow cooker so I cook it in a casserole on the hob for about 50 mins. It's a real winner and everyone loves it.
Leona Smith
3rd Jan, 2020
I made this and hubby said it's the best casserole I've cooked in a while. Bit of a backhanded compliment, but I'll take it :). I added a bit of paprika give a kick.
23rd Nov, 2019
I’ve just made this and it was blooming delicious! I added an extra sweet potato. Served it with rice and it was a huge hit. It’s definitely now on the favourites list.
30th Oct, 2019
I made this for my partner and I - cooked it for a little longer than advised due to working hours, so I put the heat on slightly lower. I must say that it was terrific when I came home and our house smelt amazing!! It was such a lovely meal for minimal to no effort. And who doesn't love their food being already made when coming home from a long day at work!
30th Oct, 2019
A great recipe. I used white onions & normal potatoes instead and still was very tasty,
24th Oct, 2019
How would I adapt this to cook in a conventional oven?
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Yvonne Ellard
15th Nov, 2019
Make it in the oven on a low heat in a casserole dish.
14th Oct, 2019
Really tasty, a great crowd-pleaser, and easy to do. Delicious with mash and green veg. I doubled the recipe. After cooking for 5 hours on high the carrots were still quite hard - I would cut them a tad smaller next time. And definitely add more / bigger sausages.


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Sarah Lindley
22nd Jun, 2020
Do you make up the stock cube with water or just crumble one in? Many thanks!
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28th Jun, 2020
Hi, You just crumble it in. Lulu
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Andy Sutcliffe
2nd Jan, 2020
Could you use a pressure cooker/instapot to cut down that 4 hour simmer time?
lulu_grimes's picture
6th Jan, 2020
Hello, You can cook this in the oven or even on the stove top in about an hour, the only reason for the long cooking time is to fit a slow cooker. I hope this helps.
30th Nov, 2019
Can you use vegetarian sausages?
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2nd Dec, 2019
Hello, yes you can, substitute the chipolatas with the vegetarian sausages you like best and change the stock to vegetable stock. I hope this helps.
26th Sep, 2019
Is this OK to reheat?
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26th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, this dish reheats really well. We'd suggest doing so on the hob. You can also freeze it if you like.'s picture
11th Jun, 2020
Made with Meat Free Richmond Sausages which are amazing. You'd never know they were veggie so win win to the pig and us all! Delicious dinner, my slow cooker is a 5th member of my family! I used carrot not sweet potato, we like the texture more.
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