Recipe #14 – Sausage, Bean and Bacon Stew
I first tried this recipe a while ago, but I wanted to make it a bit healthier for the winter so I mixed things up and made it my own.
The great thing about this dish is that, once again, it’s ridiculously easy to make. You bung all your ingredients into the slow cooker, leave it for a minimum of five hours and it’s done.
You can cook it in bulk, freeze the portions (this is what I do) and they make a great post-gym meal. I’ve listed the recipe below, as well as calories per portion. This recipe serves four.
10 Heck Chicken Italia Chipolatas 360
8 Rashers Turkey Bacon 312
600g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes (or make your own) 150
75g Tomato Puree 70
1Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1Tbsp Brown Sauce 15
3 x 400g Cannellini Beans (drained weight comes to 720g) 654
Total calories per portion: 391
- Slow Cooker
- Wooden Spoon
- Tupperware (if meal prepping)
1) Plug in your slow cooker and turn onto the highest heat.
2) Add your tomatoes, tomato puree, smoked paprika, brown sauce and mix well.
3) Drain your Cannellini beans and add these to the slow cooker, mix again.
4) Chop your sausages and bacon up into bite size pieces. I used kitchen scissors to do this as I find them easier to use than a knife. Add to the slow cooker.
5) Pop the lid on and leave. If you’re cooking this overnight, I started cooking mine at 7.30pm, at 9.30pm I turned the temperature to ‘low’ and I turned the slow cooker off at 5:30am. If you’re cooking during the day, leave on high for the full five hours.
6) What you’re left with is this amazing thick, warming stew. To make dinners easier, I make this in bulk and freeze the extra portions. To defrost, I blast in the microwave for about 4 minutes (until it loosens in my Tupperware) and then transfer to a heatproof dish and cook for 20 minutes on 180degrees.
- If you want something indulgent, toast some thick cut tiger bread, cover in butter and dip in
- Make some runny poached eggs and top the stew with them or have with a piece of wholemeal bread (I don’t like to have mine with butter, which is what you can see above)
- Serve on top of a jacket potato to carb up the meal
- Eat on its own!
This is one of my favourite bulk winter dishes as it seriously tastes so good. Let me know if you try it!
Thanks for reading,