The weather was absolutely brutal tonight…so wet and blustery so I cosied up on the couch with my lappy and lots of tea. I just had to make my favourite comfort-eating speciality… my sausage and bean stew! I then decided to share this recipe with all of you as it is a really tasty dish that always warms me up! I have made so many variations of this dish but once you have the main ingredients you can do whatever you want with it…You can also add or take out some of the items.
Sausage and Bean Stew:
Firstly cook your sausages in a pan/grill (I barbecue mine sometimes and even braved the elements tonight to barbecue them!) You can use any type you want but I always use gourmet herb sausages. Once they are cooked, cut them up into little pieces. Chop up 1 medium onion and 1 glove of garlic and fry it up in a saucepan with a dash of olive oil. Throw in your chopped up sausages with the garlic and onion and add in 1 tin of chopped tomatoes. Add in a few tins of whatever beans you like- I use 1 tin of Red Kidney Beans, 1 tin of Chickpeas (Beans!?) and 1 tin of Cannelini Beans. Chop up some mushrooms (6-8) and a green and red pepper and throw them in. Add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar or 1 glass of red wine and whatever herbs you fancy! I use lots of herbs…mixed herbs, fresh rosemary, fresh basil and oregano. I also use a stock cube (chicken or pork) but that is really up to you! I also throw in some chorizo cut up into small bits as it adds lots of flavour to the mix! Mix it all up together so it is like a big stew and leave to simmer for approx 10 minutes.
I have served it all different ways… Some fresh crusty bread, Mexican Rice, Wholewheat Pasta or good ol’ fashioned potatoes… It tastes great with any of these!
As you can see it is really an easy and quick recipe and you can add in anything you want! Every time I make it I throw in some more random pieces… Tonight I mixed the Mexican rice in with the stew so it was sort of like a sausage paella!