Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Sausage Casserole in tomato sauce

Every Saturday afternoon we enjoy the most delicious and yet simple to make comfort food, aka, Sausage Casserole. Instead of the usual, "Am I staying home today?" in the mornings, Anjalie usually wakes up asking "Am I having sausage casserole today?" on Saturdays :) So this is an absolute favourite of the entire family. The only reason I haven't posted the recipe here until now is because I usually struggle to get the breakfast and lunch ready together on Saturdays after a late lie-in while rushing to prepare for Anjalie's dance lessons after lunch. But today there are no dance lessons and we had a lovely relaxed morning. So here is family favourite recipe. It is easy to put together and quick to make. I usually use vegetarian sausages (Couldron/quorn). But on occasion I have used chicken sausages for Anjalie & Naz alone. I assume it will work the same way for pork/beef sausages. So without further ado, here is the recipe...

You will need:
8 sausages (veggie/pork/beef) of your choice, snipped/sliced into bite size pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 cups your choice of veggies- potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peppers
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp milk paprika
1 tsp mixed dried herbs- thyme, oregano, basil and sage.
Salt to taste

Cook/fry sausages according to the instructions. Heat oil in a casserole/sauce pan. Fry onion and garlic until soft.

Add cooked sausages,..

veggies, tomatoes, sugar, salt, paprika, black pepper and herbs.
Cover and cook on low heat for 20-30 mins until veggies are cooked thoroughly. Stir occasionally to avoid burning on the bottom. Add 2-3 tbsp water occasionally if necessary. Alternatively, you can use a slow cooker or pop it in the oven at 140 degrees Celsius for 40-60 mins (fan assisted) for a delicious slow cooked meal.

Serve warm with rice, pasta or polenta and salad for a lovely meal. Enjoy!

Tip: You can use store bought passata sauce instead of canned tomatoes for a variety.

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