It seems that here in the UK winter is going on and on. This stew was really warming and delicious; and cheap, being made using sausages from the reduced section of the supermarket, ‘cooks bacon’ and vegetables bought at the end of the day from my local market.
I served the stew with soda bread which is very quick and easy to make. Although I have a favourite soda bread recipe which I have written up before, I decided to have a go at the recipe from Jack Monroe’s ‘Cooking on a Bootstrap‘ blog. Jack’s recipe is much more simple than the one I had been using and worked very well.
This made three portions.
- 3 Beef Sausages
- 3 Rashers of Bacon
- 1/2 an onion
- 1/2 red pepper
- 3 Tomatoes
- 6 Mushrooms
- 1/2 tin of chickpeas
- 1/2 tin tomatoes
- Chicken or Vegetable Stock
- 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs
- A couple of tablespoons of chopped flat-leaved Parsley
Finely chop the onions and red pepper. Put these in the pan along with chopped bacon, sausages and a little oil or butter. You won’t need much oil because fat will quickly come out of the bacon and sausages. Fry over a medium heat for about five minutes, stirring frequently.
Next, coarsely chop the tomatoes and mushrooms and add these to the pan along with the dried herbs, chilli and some black pepper. Let everything cook together for a few minutes and then add half a tin of tomatoes, about a mugful of stock and the chickpeas. Note, I used chickpeas because this is what I had in the cupboard, butter beans would also have been good and is a more traditional pairing with sausages.
Allow to simmer on a low heat for ten to fifteen minutes; as with many stews the longer it cooks the more the flavours develop. So this stage depends very much on how hungry/ impatient you are feeling!
About five minutes before you are ready to serve add the fresh parsley. Make sure you taste the stew before serving and season with more pepper, chilli and/ or salt if required.
Serve with a chunk of fresh bread, I made soda bread which is incredibly quick and cheap to make.
- 3 Beef Sausages – £0.39 (reduced from Tesco)
- 3 Rashers of Bacon – about £0.15
- 1/2 an onion – £0.05
- 1/2 red pepper – £0.17 (Peppers are usually rather expensive, however I went to my local market as they were closing up and got three for £1 which is pretty good)
- 3 Tomatoes – £0.17 (Again, from the market – six for £0.50)
- 6 Mushrooms – about £0.50
- 1/2 tin of chickpeas – £0.35 (I only used half a tin, but I have included the full cost and will exclude it from the cost of the meal tomorrow)
- 1/2 tin tomatoes – £0.35 (I only used half a tin, but I have included the full cost and will exclude it from the cost of the meal tomorrow)
- Stock Cube – £0.04
- 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Flakes – £0.01
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs – £0.01
- A couple of tablespoons of chopped flat-leaved Parsley – from the garden
So, this cost £1.84 for three portions, with some leftover ingredients for another day.