Sausage casserole and confusing coat conundrums

I have a new ski jacket. While I’m sure you’re over the moon for me, I admit that this is hardly groundbreaking news. It is, however, very confusing for Hugo. For him, the precursors to ‘walkies’ are: my digging around for an embarrassingly long time in a futile attempt to locate my mobile ‘phone, resorting to ringing it (of course it rings in my my pocket), locating vaguely matching left and right shoes and then, in Winter, putting on The Walking Jacket. My new jacket occasions a perplexed ‘head-tilt to one side’ look of utter bemusement, accompanied by a woefully despondent ‘maybe we’re not going for a walk after all’ sigh. He’d better get used to it though — with my matching left and right shoes and new jacket, there’s no stopping me; I’ve become a bit of a fashionista and may even upgrade again next year! 😉
There’s something in this sausage casserole for everyone: high-maintenance fashionistas, fussy children, finicky dogs and hens… It is adapted from a Tana Ramsay ‘Family Kitchen’ recipe.
Ingredients (serves 6)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
2 cloves of garlic
6 mushrooms, peeled and sliced
6 Toulouse sausages
60g pancetta, sliced
1  leek, rinced and sliced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons Worcester sauce
1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
6 carrots, peeled and cut into 3cm pieces
6 small potatoes, peeled
200g, cannelloni beans, pre-cooked and drained
½ green cabbage, shredded
Gently heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish (Dutch oven), adding the sausages, onions mushrooms and garlic and fry until golden brown. Add the pancetta and leeks, continuing to brown. Then add the seasoning and stock, followed by the carrots, cabbage, potatoes and beans and bring to a boil. Leave to simmer for about 40 minutes. May be served alone or with bread, couscous, quinoa or basmati rice.


  • Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Haha! I love it! They’re so smart, aren’t they? My Sophie (a one year old black lab) blows me in every single time I come home with something new. She needs to sniff whatever it is thoroughly, and my husband has now caught on, and I get into trouble (well, he tries to let me know he doesn’t want me spending money, and I just put my hand up)… She’s a little nark!!
    Now to this casserole. Oh my goodness. We make a sausage and cabbage dish at home too, but I’ve never added cannelloni beans! Genius!! I do have to google Toulouse sausage. I’ve never heard of it.
    Without even trying it first, I can tell you that I think I have a new favorite sausage and cabbage recipe!! It just looks so amazing!

    • The Healthy Epicurean

      Ha ha! Hugo’s big on sniffing too, not so much with new things but if I’ve been within 100m of Another Dog (crime!). Maybe detecting new things is a girl dog thing 😉
      I’m sure this dish would work well with any type of sausage – I use Toulouse because it’s a ‘native’ sausage as well as being very good. The cannelloni beans are definitely a plus. And the best part is it couldn’t be easier! I hope you enjoy it if you make it.

  • apuginthekitchen

    Congrats on the new jacket, it’s so nice right? Hugo is very smart and so observant, they can surprise us with their observations at times. Izzy ignores until she see’s me put lipstick on, for some reason she becomes frantic when that happens and follows me trying to get out the door and be with me. I often wonder if she just would like to be seen with me all dolled up rather than my usual unkempt dog walking look.
    The sausage casserole is yummy, kind of a quick cassoulet, I love sausage and one pot meals. You should enter in the food52 contest for one pot meals.

    • The Healthy Epicurean

      Ooh thanks for that tip – I’ll look into that. Hugo isn’t in tune with lipstick, mainly because he’s not allowed into the bathroom probably (which doesn’t actually stop him). I hope that you’re not suffering too badly from the terrible cold that’s hit the US 🙁 And how is your dislocated finger?

      • apuginthekitchen

        I think your casserole would be wonderful for the contest. My finger is really not too much better, a little less pain but still very swollen, have to keep that splint on for another 4-5 weeks and then start rehab. They said I may be permanently swollen and I may never get full use of my finger back, I guess time will tell. It’s very discouraging.

        • The Healthy Epicurean

          Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. Fingers are notoriously tricky but hopefully you’ll get there in the end. Stick with the rehab – I didn’t for my broken fingers and don’t have full mobility in them any more. Make sure you eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods (great excuse to overdose on salmon etc.). Bon courage ! F

  • Stacey Bender

    Too funny (and familiar with the head tilt and confusion)! This casserole certainly does seem to be packed full of goodies; will make a nice supper by the fire on our next blustery night.

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