Sausage and bean casserole

recipe-image-legacy-id--901576_11World Environment Day is observed every year on the 5th of June to help build a positive attitude towards protecting our planet, which means it’s today! We thought we’d do our part in this global event by sharing a recipe with you with no waste. This sausage and bean casserole can be frozen and re-heated, and it’s also a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 pork sausages (about 400g)
  • 1.5 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 0.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 125ml white wine
  • 2 x 400g cherry tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 400g aduki beans, drained and rinsed

Method

  1. In a large heavy-based pan, heat you olive oil. Add in your onion and cook gently for 5 minutes. Add in the celery and both peppers, and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Add your sausages into the pan, frying for 5 minutes, then stir in the garlic, spices and dried thyme. Continue to cook this mixture for 1-2 minutes or until the aromas are released. (If you’re worried about the sausages not getting cooked properly, you can always brown them off first before you add them to the vegetables!)
  3. Pour in the white wine and use a wooden spoon to remove any residue stuck to the pan. Add the tinned tomatoes and fresh thyme, and bring to a simmer. Crumble the stock cube into the pan and stir in.
  4. Cook this mixture for 40 minutes, before stirring in the beans and cooking for another 5 minutes. Remove the thyme springs and season with season with black pepper before stirring.

As we mentioned before, this meal is perfect for freezing. You can cook a large amount, eating what you want and freezing the rest, meaning that none of it goes to waste. It can also be adapted for vegetarians by using vegetarian sausages and vegetable stock!

There are so many ways that we can be mindful of the environment in our lives, but if you’re a fan of cooking but often find yourself with lots of food waste, please take a look at Love Food Hate Waste. There are a ton of recipes on there to help you reduce waste, with ideas for all sorts of occasions and people, including vegans. Not only this, but the site has loads of useful content, like money saving tips, storage advice, and portion plans, so you’ll be helping yourself whilst also helping the environment!

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