Smoky sausage casserole

Smoky sausage casserole

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(63 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4

Sure to be a family favourite, this warming winter one-pot has gently simmered sausages, hearty cannellini beans and a crunchy breadcrumb topping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal525
  • fat29g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre7g
  • protein22g
  • salt3.1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 large celery stick, finely chopped
  • 2 peppers (any colour), cut into chunks



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • pack 6 pork sausage (about 400g/14oz)
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained
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  • 250g bag spinach ( or use the same quantity as frozen)



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  • 2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs (or frozen with herbs)


  1. Put the oil in a large, heatproof casserole dish over a medium heat and add the onion, cooking for 5 mins until starting to soften. Tip in the garlic, celery and peppers, and give everything a good stir. Cook for 5 mins more. 

  2. Turn the heat to high and add the sausages. Cook for a few mins until browned all over, then reduce the heat to medium, sprinkle in the spices and season well. Pour over the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cover and continue simmering gently for 40 mins, stirring every now and then.

  3. Heat the grill to high and uncover the casserole. Add the beans and spinach, and stir to warm through. Scatter over the breadcrumbs and grill for 2-3 mins until golden and crisp.

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Anna East
19th Feb, 2020
Great recipe and a nice change to sausage casseroles we usually have. But definitely need to double spices for more flavour
8th Nov, 2019
This is the second time of making this. Lovely. I added chunky chopped mushrooms. As there are only two of us, I freeze half and use it as a pasta sauce. Note to self- use a large casserole dish. I cook it in the oven
27th Apr, 2019
Made this loads of times, and is always really good! Some times adding extra veggies I have in the fridge. Instead of simmering on the hob, I stick it in the oven for an hour.
8th Jan, 2019
Used 3 cloves of garlic as we like it and added Parmesan to the breadcrumbs. Offered hot chilli sauce at the table for those who wanted it and garlic bread. Fab
Rordon Gamsay
13th Nov, 2018
Delicious winter warmer! Followed others' advice & upped the spices, a little more celery & browned the sausages first. Also added a dash of water from rinsing out the tomato cans. Turned out just right & perfect with roast potatoes!
1st Oct, 2018
Delicious and simple to make. I made a few changes: - did 2 sausages per person - doubled the amount of onion, celery and peppers - used 3 tins tomatoes instead of 2 - doubled the amount of paprika, cumin and chilli (would do even more next time - it wasn’t very strong a taste) - browned the sausages separately - once all in the casserole, I cooked it 1 hour at 150 degrees in the oven (was worried about it “catching” on the bottom otherwise) My children really enjoyed it - even the 7 year old who wasn’t keen to begin with! I’ll definitely make it again.
Aga girl
4th Mar, 2018
This is a delicious warming recipe absolutely perfect while snowed in! I would definitely brown the sausages first for more flavour/colour but didn't bother with the breadcrumb topping (scattered parsley instead). Great with sliced roast potatoes or crusty bread. Well worth making ahead as seems to improve reheated after a day or two. Winter winner.
13th Feb, 2018
Very happy with this recipe we all enjoyed including my 2 year old. I did brown the sausages before hand as others had mentioned which I have to agree with. Also added an extra half can of tomatoes as looked like it was drying up a bit too much for my preference. So I would recommend having a extra tin in the cupboard just in case u need it.
2nd Jan, 2018
This is amazing! It’s going to become a regular for us!
14th Dec, 2017
Enjoyed this. I did have to up the seasoning though; added more of the paprika and cumin. Also added a fair bit of salt and pepper. Mixed in some fresh basil. Very tasty. Agree with some of he comments that cutting the sausages into 2-4 pieces may help with portioning this.


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6th Jul, 2016
This is tasty but can be a bit overwhelming with tomato flavour. Add a big handful of diced chorizo for some more flavour
26th Feb, 2016
I would agree with marcntomsmum that it would be a good idea to cut the sausages up - this is good and filling and is enough for four with the beans but I think people might fight over the sausages! Also, I think it might be a good idea to brown the sausages right at the beginning and then remove from the pan before starting on the vegetables. It took me an age to get any colour on them and I was at a risk of burning my onions! A good hearty recipe.
13th Feb, 2016
Add bite sized pieces of cooked new potatoes with the beans to make a complete one pot meal. Yummy.
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