Smoky sausage casserole is a heart warming casserole made with sausages and cooked in tomato sauce with paprika to bring a warming fire to your belly.
October brings stunning colours to the trees and the chance to collect seeds and berries. It also brings colder weather. Mornings are dark and often the fog wisps round the trees reaching tendrils out to chill you as you pass. Piles of leaves invite you to jump into them, kicking them forth with a swish. Colder days are hungry days. The cold seeps into your bones and you long for warm comforting food to fill you up. Casseroles are ideal for this season, simmering away slowly and filling the house with a comforting smell. Smoky sausage casserole is the perfect warming meal to fill you up on a cold day.
Smoky sausage casserole is a perfect dish for bonfire night. Prepare it in advance and when you come in from watching the fireworks heat it up and eat it to warm you. Smoky sausage casserole is easy to make. Onions, garlic, celery and red peppers are softened in some oil. Brown the sausages and then add the tomatoes and spices. Simmer the casserole for around forty minutes and it will be ready. To make the smoky sausage casserole more comforting add a tin of canellini beans. This will help to fill you up and provide a source of slow release energy, perfect for colder weather.
To add extra flavour into the tomato sauce I used Cirio Tuscan chopped tomatoes. These are Tuscan round tomatoes which have a distinctive tomato taste which is slightly spicy. The flavour is much better than other canned tomatoes and they do make a difference to the finished dish. The slight spice of the tomatoes works really well with the paprika, cumin and chilli which gives a slight kick to the dish.
I made the dish in my ProCook Elite Forged Stockpot which is an amazing pan. It is a lovely size, much bigger than most pans which makes it perfect for a dish like this. The handles stay cool so you can easily remove it from the heat and it is really durable. Even though I have used it loads the non-stick coating remains firmly in place which is a first. I love this pan and as it has a 25 year guarantee it should last a long time.
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If you are looking for other recipes that use sausages why not try sausage and onion quiche? This is delicious warm or cold. Another warming winter casserole is Mexican Chilli Beef. This is full of flavour and perfect on a cold day.