This comforting sausage casserole is the perfect Bonfire night recipe to warm you up on a sparkling night.
6 good-quality sausages, pricked several times with a fork
1 onion, peeled, thinly sliced
3 banana shallots, peeled, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 small pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, cut into equal-sized pieces
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar
200g/7oz canned chopped tomatoes
400g/14oz canned cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
500ml/18fl oz chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley, to serve
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Heat half the butter in a large casserole over a medium heat and fry the sausages for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown all over.
Add the remaining butter, onion and shallots and fry for three minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and sage leaves and cook for a further three minutes, stirring well.
Add the pumpkin and stir the mixture until well combined. Increase the heat to high and add the white wine vinegar. Continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Add the sugar, tomatoes, cannellini beans and stock and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bring the mixture to the boil, then transfer the casserole to the oven for one hour, or until the sausages are cooked through and the pumpkin is tender.
To serve, ladle the casserole into two large bowl and sprinkle with the flatleaf parsley.
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