Sausage + bean stew

AKA autumn in a bowl. Yesterday the weather was awful – dark skies, endless rain, blustery winds – so after the wettest dog walk ever we ate this for dinner and all felt a lot better. If that wasn’t enough, my daughter ate the kale without question. SHE ATE KALE!!! Massive tick on the parenting ticky boxy list there. Serves 3.


1 large red onion

1 tbsp olive oil

6 pork sausages

3 crushed garlic cloves

1 tsp smoked paprika

400g tin beans (I used butter beans)

400g tin tomatoes

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp dried thyme

200g chopped kale

Salt & Pepper


  1. Quarter and finely slice the onion, gently fry in the olive oil in a large pan until softened (about 5 minutes).
  2. Cut each sausage into 4-5 chunks, add them into the pan and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so until browned.
  3. Add in the garlic and smoked paprika, mix well, then add in the drained and rinsed beans of your choice, tomatoes and an additional tin full of water.
  4. Break down the tomatoes with whatever implement you are using, fling in the Worcestershire sauce and thyme, season well, mix and leave to simmer for 20 minutes or so.
  5. Stir in the kale (remove any chunky stalk bits first), cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

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