It’s been a bit cold here as winter finally settles in, and I’ve had my usual annual hankering for warming stews and casseroles. With only a few sausages in the fridge a couple of days ago and fancying something substantial and flavoursome I put together this sausage and bean stew, and it really was lovely. In fact one of the tastiest dinners I’ve had in a while! And so very easy and quick to put together. Fresh rosemary aside (though I’m lucky enough to have it growing in abundance at Chez Foti), it’s made from standard store cupboard ingredients. You could obviously use dried beans, soaked overnight and cooked for an hour and a half, but as this was a fairly last minute dinner I used a few trusty tins.
A hearty and on the whole pretty healthy dinner for the whole family, but if your wee ones don’t like any heat omit the chilli flakes.
Enough for 4 hungry grown ups:
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
6 – 8 Toulouse Sausages, each cut into 4 pieces
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
3 x 400g tins of Cannellini beans, drained
2 very large handfuls of spinach/chard/savoy cabbage, washed and finely shredded
salt & pepper
Heat a glug of olive oil in casserole or very large saucepan. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery and cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly, until softened a little. Add the chilli flakes, sausages and rosemary and continue to cook for a few more minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes and a little seasoning. Bring to a simmer and gently cook for 20 minutes. Now add the beans and spinach/chard/cabbage to the party and cook for a further 20 minutes with the lid on.
Adjust the seasoning to suit. And it really is as easy as that! Serve in a bowl with a large hunk of bread.