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One-pot sausage, vegetable and risotto cassoulet

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Ingredients

Serves 4-6

 

  • 8 sausages (I use gluten-free)
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, washed and diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 aubergine, cut lengthways and chopped into 1cm chunks
  • 1/2 courgette, cut into quarters lengthways and then into chunks
  • 1/2 punnet shitake mushrooms, roughly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional – they add a salty depth and won’t make it fishy!)
  • 150g Arborrio risotto rice
  • 75ml red wine
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon soy
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Maldon salt
  • Black pepper
  • Large handful of freshly chopped coriander
  • Chilli oil (optional)

Timings

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes

One-pot sausage, vegetable and risotto cassoulet

A staple dinner in our house, which can be varied depending on what vegetables are in the fridge! A perfect meal for a bit of carb and protein loading mid-week when energy levels are getting low.

Method

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. In a large casserole dish, heat the oil and lightly brown off the sausages. Transfer to the side. Turn down the heat, add a little more oil and sautee the sliced onions and chopped celery for 5 minutes. Add the aubergine with a little more oil (they absorb oil when cooking) and cook until the aubergine starts breaking down and turning brown. Add the peppers, mushrooms, courgettes, garlic and anchovies and stir for 2 minutes.

Add the risotto rice and give it all a good stir for 1 minute. Turn up the heat and add the wine. Stir until the wine has absorbed. turn down the heat again and add the tomatoes, water, bouillon, soy, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Give it one last big stir, add the sausages to the top in a layer and pop the lid on. Place in the oven for 35 minutes.

Once it’s ready, taste to check the seasoning and sprinkle over the freshly chopped coriander. You don’t really need anything else with this, apart from some chilli oil for those who like it hot! You might find you have extra rice which is delicious warmed up the next day with a couple of poached eggs.

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This is a good recipe to experiment with different herbs and spices. This version has a Mediterranean feel to it with a garlic and anchovy base and then aubergines, courgettes and peppers. Try swapping the anchovies for 1 teaspoon of tumeric, 1/4 teaspoon of cumin and 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika and you’ll give it a whole new identity.”