Quick, easy and very tasty, this Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole is guaranteed to be a real crowdpleaser! Serve with mounds of buttery mash or steamed white rice for a comfort food classic.
A comfort food classic
As the weather gets chillier and the nights draw in, I find myself craving all my comfort food favourites: stews, hotpots, curries, pasta bakes, roasts and more. But one dish for me really epitomises comfort food at its finest and that’s the humble sausage casserole!
There is something so warm and inviting, not to mention super comforting, about a good sausage casserole – caramelised sausages, earthy beans, a rich tomato sauce… all served up with mounds of buttery mash, steamed white rice or crusty French bread. Perfect food for when the weather outside is miserable.
A really easy sausage casserole
I’ve made this version of sausage casserole a super easy one. For starters it can all be done in one pan (so only one pan to wash up – hooray!).
I’ve kept the veggies very simple – just onions, red peppers and garlic (so not too much chopping!) plus a tin of beans to make it go further (so kinder on the purse) and for extra goodness.
I’ve kept the rich tomato sauce simple too – just chopped tomatoes from a tin, chicken stock from a cube and mixed dried herbs from a jar (though you could use a mix of fresh thyme and bay if you prefer).
This Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole is also really quick to make – just 30 minutes if you get your skates on… so perfect for busy weeknight evenings.
It might be quick and simple to make but the result is rich, warming and delicious!
Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole – adaptations to try
There are so many ways you could adapt this Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole to make it your own…
- Use chicken sausages instead of pork ones
- Add in some mushrooms after the red pepper and before the garlic
- Use carrots and celery instead of the red pepper
- Use a beef stock cube for a richer flavour
- Add in a splash of red wine (at the same time as you add the stock cube)
- Use any kind of bean you like instead of the haricot beans – e.g cannellini beans, butter beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, chickpeas…
- Use dried oregano instead of the mixed herbs
- Use a few sprigs of fresh thyme and a couple of bay leaves instead of the mixed herbs
- Add in half a teaspoon of dried chilli flakes and 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (in with the garlic) for an extra spicy kick!
What to serve with Sausage Casserole?
My favourite things to serve with this Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole are mashed potatoes, white rice or crusty bread.
You can also up the veg component even more by serving this sausage casserole with some green veg on the side. My favourite is dark leafy greens, but it’s also nice with green beans, broccoli, or peas.
What to drink with Sausage Casserole?
A hearty sausage casserole calls for a hearty red wine. I’d go for something like a Cotes du Rhone, a Rioja Crianza or an Argentinian Malbec.
Can you reheat Sausage Casserole?
Yes, absolutely! In fact, I think it tastes even better the next day. And it’s a great recipe for batch cooking too. Simply place any leftover sausage casserole in a plastic lidded container in the fridge (within 2 hours of cooking it!) and it will keep for up to 3 days.
To reheat, simply place the sausage casserole in a saucepan, add a splash of water and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the sausages are piping hot all the way through (chop the sausages up to speed up the process!)
Alternatively, reheat in the microwave until the sausages are piping hot all the way through.
Can you freeze Sausage Casserole?
Definitely! Place the sausage casserole in a plastic lidded container and, when cool, put it in the freezer (ensure you do this is within 2 hours of cooking it). It will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
When you want to eat the sausage casserole, defrost overnight in the fridge, then reheat as above.
If you like this Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole…
… you might like:
Easy One Pot Sausage Casserole
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 thick pork sausages (I like Tesco Finest)
- 2 red onions sliced
- 2 red peppers sliced
- 3 cloves garlic crushed or grated
- 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
- 400 g tin haricot beans drained
- 400 ml chicken stock (made from a cube – I use Kallo Organic)
- 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs (or Italian mixed herbs or Herbes de Provence)
- Mashed potatoes, white rice or crusty bread
- Green veg such as greens, broccoli, green beans or peas
- Heat the olive oil in a wide, reasonably deep, pan for 1 minute. Add the sausages and fry over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until brown on most sides. Stir occasionally so the sausages get brown all over.
- Remove the sausages to a plate and add the sliced onions and peppers to the pan. Turn the heat down, cover with a lid and cook gently for 3-5 minutes until softened and just starting to go brown, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute over a gentle heat with the lid off.
- Add the tomatoes, haricot beans, chicken stock and mixed herbs. Add the sausages back into the casserole, then turn the heat up and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat so the casserole is simmering gently and cook for 15 minutes with the lid off until the sauce has thickened and reduced a little and the sausages are cooked all the way through
- Serve with your choice of mashed potatoes, white rice or crusty white bread and some green veg.
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