A vegan casserole that satisfies everyones tastebuds
Sausage and bean casserole is one of those great warming meals. Full of flavour and texture and packed with vegetables.
Finding a vegetarian version was simple. Finding a vegetarian version of my favourite sausage and bean casserole that didn’t have me missing real sausages seemed impossible.
But it wasn’t.
I found a recipe and, with a few slight changes, made it just right. So here it is. My vegan sausage and bean casserole.
This casserole is full of smoky flavour
The version of this recipe that I found on line was overpowering in its use of smoked paprika and cumin.
For my first attempt I followed the recipe rigidly and it was just too much spice for my liking. My next serving toned down the paprika and my third and most successful serving was just right.
A word of warning
I passed this recipe onto a family member to try. She wanted to make the vegan version but wasn’t familiar with variety of flavours of textured protein sausages to choose from. She’s not vegetarian so hadn’t tried any of the sausages to help her decide which to use in her sausage and bean casserole.
The sausages she chose were chilli flavoured.
Having already told you that the spices in this dish are measured to use with unflavoured vegan sausages you can imagine the scene.
So, choose sausages that are not flavoured with spices and you’ll be fine.
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Olive oil supports your bones and aids your nervous system.
The humble onion contains minerals such as sodium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre. Onions are rich in antioxidants that help detoxify the liver and heal the gut wall.
And if you use red onions then you get extra health benefits as they’re a natural blood thinner to guard against heart disease. And they contain flavonoids that help to lower your risk of developing all manner of age-related diseases.
Peppers contain vitamins A and C, potassium (supports blood pressure, cardiovascular health, bone and muscle strength) and folate (vitamin B9) to help your body form healthy red blood cells.
Beans are great for a healthy diet as they’re good for the heart, digestion and for regulating blood sugars. They’re also a great source of plant protein.
Cumin aids digestion and is a rich source of iron.
Paprika is good for eye health and lowering bad cholesterol while raising levels of good cholesterol in the body.
Garlic is a brilliant ingredient that helps bring out the flavour of the other ingredients, and it’s good for your health. Containing vitamins B6 & C garlic is an excellent antioxidant. Garlic provides calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorus for bone health and healthy teeth, and potassium that supports blood pressure and cardiovascular health.
Not bad for a small tasty little garlic clove!
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When I started looking around for the perfect casserole I found a number of recipes for Smoky Sausage Casserole.
They all used meat sausage and a lot of spices. In fact, they used huge quantities of spices that made the casseroles smoky flavour so overpowering that it spoiled the taste of the other ingredients.
This recipe is a mish-mash of those recipes that have been tested on friends and family until the perfect casserole emerged.
This recipe serves 6 but it can be frozen so you can batch cook and have a tasty healthy meal ready when you're in a rush.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion or 2 red onions – roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
- 2 peppers any colour – roughly chopped
- 2 sticks celery – sliced
- 2 portobello mushrooms – roughly chopped
- 12 quorn sausages – frozen are fine
- 2 x 400g tins of beans such as barlotti, cannellini, pinto, kidney, butter beans – drained
- 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp chilli flakes
- juice of half a lemon
- freshly ground black pepper
- a little water used to rinse out the tomato tins
- Put the olive oil into a large pan over a medium heat
- Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions become translucent. That should take around 5 mins but don't allow them to brown
- Add the celery, peppers and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 mins or until the vegetables start to soften slightly
- Turn the heat to high and add the sausages, spices, tinned tomatoes and beans
- Add a little water from rinsing out the tomato tins
- Add the lemon juice and season with some freshly ground black pepper. BUT - don't put salt in at this stage as that will make the beans harden (there's lots of sodium in the ingredients so you shouldn't really need much additional salt)
- Turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and leave to cook for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn
You can serve as is but to make this extra special for the non-vegans you can top with grated cheddar and place under the grill to melt the cheese.
We love this with some mashed potato.
Amount Per Serving Calories 594Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 11mgSodium 1428mgCarbohydrates 77gFiber 18gSugar 26gProtein 41g
The nutritional information is for guidance only