Veggie Sausage Casserole

Veggie Sausage Casserole

Sausage casserole has always been a staple winter warmer in my family and last year during my second winter as a vegetarian I was really missing it so I decided to make it myself, with inspiration from Amuse Your Bouche I developed my own accidentally vegan take on the classic.

This recipe makes three portions and I usually serve it with bread or chips but you could add some extra veg in the casserole or on the side as well as carbs to make it go further

What you’ll need:

  • 6 vegan or vegetarian sausages (I use the standard Linda McCartney ones but use whatever you like best)
  • one Onion (I use white but personal preference, red could work too)
  • two Carrots
  • two stalks of Celery
  • three cloves of Garlic (add more or less to preference)
  • one tin of baked beans
  • one tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato Puree
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • one vegetable stock cube or a teaspoon of Bouillon powder
  • quarter teaspoon of Marmite (I love it but if you hate it, leave it out)
  • Dash of Henderson’s Relish (if you don’t already own Henderson’s I would recommend it, its like Worcestershire sauce but without the animals)
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

This meal is pretty quick and simple to cook and reheats really well. The following instructions are for cooking in a large pot on the hob but I have lazily dumped it all in the slow cooker and pressure cooker, depending on the time I had and had good results with both

  • To start, cook your sausages according to the instructions and however you like them, I like my Linda’s a bit crispy
  • Peel and chop your veg, add to a hot, oiled pan with your crushed garlic and fry until partially cooked (5-10 minutes)
  • Add in the Balsamic vinegar, Tomato Puree, Oregano, Paprika, salt and pepper and stir through
  • Add baked beans, chopped tomatoes, stock cube or Bouillon and marmite, stir and cook down until all vegetables are cooked through
  • Chop and add in your sausages when you are ready to eat it. If you are planning to eat it over a few days I would recommend storing your sausages separately and adding them when you are heating it up ready to eat
Veg prep is definitely the most time consuming part of this meal
partially cooked veg

I think this recipe is extra great as I usually have all the ingredients apart from the veg ready at home so after a quick trip to the supermarket I can have three portions of warming casserole ready to go. It’s also great if you are trying to reduce your meat intake or get involved in #MeatFreeMondays as the marmite, Hendersons and balsamic really elevate the meaty flavour

Everything but the sausages mixed in after the veg has cooked through, make sure to continue to stir and taste until you get it how you like

I like to cook this when I know I’ve got a busy or stressful week at work or uni coming up (group work deadlines, I’m looking at you) so I can come home from a late session in the library and have dinner ready in no time.  Please enjoy this photo of a very tired Sadie, post submission on the sofa

After an 11 hour day in uni I was very please past Sadie had dinner ready


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