What if I told you, you could feed a family of 6 this hearty meal for just 50p per person? It's true, last night we had sausage and pepper casserole, with herby dumplings and carrot and swede mash. It was filling, delicious and best of all cost £3 for the ingredients! I'm trying to get my weekly shopping as low as I can, but still cook home-made, nutritious, meals. In this week's shop that was just over £42 -for everything not just food- I bought the ingredients for the casserole, that was to feed 6 of us. It was delicious, made from scratch and everybody was left full and satisfied.
Pack of 8 sausages each sausage chopped into chunks of 3- 85p
Red pepper sliced - 25p (Part of a 3 pack)
Half a box of mushrooms chopped - 43p
500ml Carton passata - 35p
2 Large red onions - 13p
300ml Beef stock - (2 cubes and water) 6p
(optional for flavour - 200 ml Red wine - 78p )
For the dumplings:
300g Self-raising flour - 9p
Full swede cubed - 45p
Bag of carrots chopped - 29p
Place all casserole ingredients in a large pan on a high heat and cook for 15 minutes
Add a tbsp flour and stir in stock, passata and red wine if you are using. Simmer for 10 minutes and transfer to an oven proof casserole dish and put into a pre-heated oven at 200 for 45 minutes to an hour.
Place the carrots and swede into a pan of boiling water and cook until soft and mashable, roughly half an hour to an hour.
For the dumplings, mix the herbs in with the flour, add the water gradually and stir with your fingers until everything comes together in a big ball.
Half the mixture then again and again and roll into balls. After the Casserole has had 45 minutes- an hour, pop the balls onto the liquid and cook for a further 30 minutes. Mash the carrot and swede with a knob of butter and freshly ground pepper and serve.