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Sausage and bean casserole

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Looking for a simple, filling recipe that will last you through the week and requires minimum washing up? Try this one-pot sausage and bean casserole recipe.

casserole pot

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This recipe is really simple and costs next to nothing. To make this recipe, it really helps to have a good ovenproof pot that can also be used on the hob as well (avoid plastic handles as they'll melt in the oven).

This recipe is sure to fill you up until breakfast the next day, and the best thing about it is that you can cook it all in one pot, so dishwashing is kept to a minimum.

Don't have an ovenproof pot at home? Keep an eye on our student deals page to see if any good offers on ovenproof dishes pop up, as they're pretty common.

Sausage casserole recipe

sausage casserole

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Serves: 4–6 | Cost: around £3.87* (£0.97 per serving, based on 4 servings) | Time taken: 50 mins

  • 8 medium sausages (£2.30)
  • 1 large onion (£0.12)
  • Salt (or garlic salt if you have it)
  • 250g of bacon (£0.45)
  • 1 pint of vegetable or chicken stock (made using one stock cube) (£0.08)
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato puree (£0.15)
  • 1 can of cannellini beans (£0.65)
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard powder (£0.12).
Casseroles can be made in huge batches and are perfect for meal prep.


  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC (gas mark 4) and cook the sausages in a large oven-proof pot (with a glug of oil to stop them sticking to the bottom) for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  2. Remove the pot from the oven and add the onion, bacon and a sprinkle of salt (garlic salt if you have it). Fry everything until the onions start going a bit translucent.
  3. Add the stock to the pan along with the tomato puree and finally add the beans – bring to the boil.
  4. Once it has reached boiling point, stick the whole pot back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, stir in the mustard and serve.

Feel free to mix this sausage casserole recipe up a bit by adding chilli (although not too much as boiling chilli makes it even spicier), some spinach leaves for a bit of fibre or a mix of other beans if you fancy. You can even add a tin of baked beans if you can't live without them!

If you're planning a dinner party, you might want to consider these money-saving tips.

To make your food (and your money) go even further, make sure you're storing it correctly.

* Prices are correct at the time of writing (using and prices as guidelines).

Laura Craddock

WRITTEN BY Laura Craddock

Alongside blogging about baking, Laura Craddock shares top tips and recipes for Save the Student to help our readers spend less on food. Laura studied English at the University of Dundee.
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