a kind of cassoulet (aka sausage and beans)

casouletI popped over to Borough market the other day.  It was typical British weather.  Miserable weeping skies and wind to blow it straight in your face.  Being a glasses wearer I was effectively blind.  Thank goodness Borough market is under cover.  I took refuge there.

I never get tired of Borough market, the range of quality artisan food is unrivalled in London.  I could happily spend a small fortune there and do a shop for the week.  Two things stop me.  I am not Bill Gates, and fresh food really deserves immediate attention.  I tend to buy for that day or maybe a weekend as a treat.  If I lived closer, I would be considerably poorer.  It’s lovely to go down once in a while and shop in the vibrant buzz of the market rather than pushing a trolley down a soul-less aisle.

I picked up (amongst other things), some fat Toulouse sausages from The Ginger Pig, a fantastic butcher whose animals come from their own farms.  I wanted to make a quick lunch that used the sausages and pretty much only store cupboard ingredients.  Taking my inspiration from cassoulet (and baked beans) this is what I came up with.

ingredients for 4:

8 large, good quality sausages
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tins of beans (I used cannellini and butter beans)
1 chopped onion
2 chopped sticks of celery
3 crushed cloves of garlic
2 heaped tspns dijon mustard
splash worcester sauce
salt and pepper



  • sweat onion celery and garlic in a little oil for 10-15 minutes
  • add chopped tomatoes and half a can of water and bring to boil
  • add drained beans, the mustard, worcester sauce and simmer for 15 minutes
  • season to taste
  • transfer to oven proof dish, nestle in two sausages per person and bake/grill until cooked and bubbling


A prefect winter lunch or supper. Serve with some crusty white bread to soak up the juices.  It would be nice to add a little chopped parsley stirred in.  I didn’t have any, so I didn’t use any.

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