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Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Casserole

Slow cooker recipe for sausage and bean casserole. You could of course dump the lot into your slow cooker as everything will end up cooking, but I highly recommend you take a bit of time to at the very least brown the sausages!

Softening the onions makes them taste sweeter and will add more flavour to the finished dish.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Casserole
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Before the recipe, a quick word on low-calorie cooking sprays!

Are you ruining your non-stick Cookware?

According to Anolon's website: You can use a low-calorie cooking spray but beware that it can actually ruin the non-stick on some pans.

The use of cooking sprays is not recommended for use on non-stick cookware as cooking sprays burn at lower temperatures and will damage the non-stick coating of your product. An invisible buildup will impair the nonstick release system causing food to stick.

I also know that it is not recommended on the ScanPan, so be sure to read your cookware instructions! 

Sausage and Bean Casserole

It is important to use good quality tinned tomatoes otherwise your sauce will not be as good. I always use Cirio tinned tomatoes as the juice is really thick.

I use La Chinata Sweet Smoked Paprika - if it's good enough for Gordon Ramsay, it's good enough for me! 

First of all, gather and prepare your ingredients.

Peppers onions celery and garlic

Add the vegetable oil to a large frying pan and cook the sausages turning so they brown evenly. There’s no need to fully cook them as they’ll have plenty of time to cook in the slow cooker. 

Add the sausages to your slow cooker and without washing the pan, add onions and celery and stir-fry for 10 minutes or so the onion starts to soften.

Fry the onions and celery - sausage casserole

Now add the peppers and continue to fry gently for a further 5 minutes.

Move the veg over to make a small space in the pan and add the tomato puree and garlic, fry for a minute or two but don’t let it burn.

Frying the onions celery peppers garlic and tomato paste

Mix it all together.

Onions celery peppers garlic and tomato paste

Add the lot to your slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients.

Sausage and bean casserole in the slow cooker

Give it a good stir and cook on low for 6 hours or high on 4 hours.

Slow cooker sausage and bean casserole
You might want to thicken with McDougalls Thickening Granules - a must for any slow cooker meals as slow cookers do tend to make more liquid than cooking on the oven.

You can buy them on Amazon or in any good supermarket, you'll find them in the baking section. I love these thickening granules because you just stir them in and never get any lumps.

Alternatively, you can dissolve a bit of cornflour in a tiny bit of water and mix it into the casserole.

Slow cooker sausage and bean casserole in a serving bowl

I used my Ninja Foodi 15-in-1 SmartLid Multi-Cooker on slow cooking mode. As the name suggests, this multi-cooker has 15 methods of cooking in 1 machine - how very marvellous!

Pressure Mode

  • Natural release
  • Quick release
  • Delayed release

Combi-Steam Mode

  • Steam meals
  • Steam and fry
  • Steam roast
  • Steam bake
  • Steam bread

Air Fry and Hob Mode

  • Air fry
  • Grill
  • Bake
  • Dehydrate
  • Prove
  • Sear/saute
  • Steam
  • Slow cook
  • Yogurt

Now, I've not long had it and so I'm still in the experimenting stage, but so far I am seriously in love with this machine! 💗 I will, of course, be bringing you many more Ninja Foodi Recipes.

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Sausage and Bean Casserole

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