26 Nov 2014

Slow-Cooked Sausage and Five Bean Stew


I have been meaning to get myself a slow-cooker for a very long time. Last week, the husband surprised me by picking one up at the local Aldi store for the bargain price of £16.99. So now I am the proud owner of a shiny red large Crofton slow cooker.

Now, I have read a lot about the health benefits of a slow-cooker. And I have browsed through a lot of slow-cooker recipes. But it was with a hint of trepidation that I lovingly unpacked my new acquisition. I set it on the kitchen counter, pondering my next move. At one point, I even thought of putting some water in the outer housing unit! In all honesty, that is how my old-fashioned pressure cooker works - it needs water to produce steam. So you can't blame me for thinking my fancy new gadget was going to as well.

Thank goodness, good sense prevailed and I grabbed the instruction manual before I acted on my frankly daft instinct. After I had read through from cover to cover, I felt mildly confident about rustling up my first ever slow-cooked meal. True to form, and much to M's chagrin, I decided to do it my way, with my own recipe.

The scrumptious pack of 'good little sausages' by the Good Little Company that the good people at Ocado had kindly sent me served as just the right inspiration.

So here's how I got on with my slow-cooked sausage and five bean stew.

Slow-Cooked Sausage and Five Bean Stew

Ingredients:

300 grams sausages
1 medium onion, finely diced 
3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed 
500 grams carrots, sliced
1 can (415 grams) Heinz Five Beanz
1 can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
2 tbspn vegetable oil
350 ml vegetable stock 
1 tspn Italian herb seasoning
Salt to taste

To make the slow-cooked sausage and five bean stew:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and brown the sausages on a moderate heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and the onions and brown everything together for another 5 minutes.
  • Layer the sliced carrots in the bottom of the ceramic pot of the slow cooker.
  • Add the browned sausages, onions and garlic.
  • Pour over 350 mls of warm vegetable stock.
  • Add the cans of five beanz and tomatoes.
  • Season with salt and the Italian seasoning.
  • Cook on the low heat setting of your slow cooker for 6-7 hours.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, bread or rice.

Slow-Cooked Sausage and Five Bean Stew

The result was a hearty stew, the perfect winter warmer. It went down a treat, not just with the grown-ups, but with my three year old little boy too. 

Disclaimer: I was sent a batch of groceries by Ocado as part of their #kidspanel. All opinions expressed are my own. 

16 comments:

  1. I don't have a slow cooker but that recipe sounds like one my family would enjoy regardless!

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  2. Looks lovely - sadly only two of our family will eat sausages which I find bizarre! Something I could bulk cook and freeze though :)

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  3. I dont have a slow cooker, but do love a slow cooked winter stew, I just stick them in my casserole dish in the oven on slow all afternoon! Love a good sausage casserole!

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  4. Wow what a bargain price! I ordered a giant slow cooker last night so will have to give it a go when it comes x

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  5. I really want a slow cooker, every winter I am determined to get one. Would love to try this with veggie sausages.

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  6. Oooh I made something really similar the other night. The kiddies loved it!

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  7. Can you send me some over? This looks amazing x

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  8. More wholesome winter yumness. You can't beat a bean stew.

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  9. We do something similar to this, it's a firm favourite in our house!

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  10. I always pop up at LIdl and Aldi with big expectations of nice things like an amazing yet economical slow cookers, but yet to get lucky with anything :) Increasingly, I feel that a lot of good can come out of slow cooking!

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  11. We adore our slow cooker in our house! This looks like a great recipe. The only problem is that smelling that lovely food cooking for hours makes me very hungry!

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  12. I just got a new slow cooker and this sounds like a perfect recipe to try out first.

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  13. We have a slow cooker and it tends to be used to make casseroles and stews, perfect for this weather.

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  14. This looks and sounds delicious

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  15. This is one of our favourite meals

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