Sausages and Beans in Tomato Sauce

Preparation time 40 minutes, plus 8+ hours soaking time.

This healthier version of an old favourite came about because I wanted to experiment with pinto beans. With no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, these beans are also very low in fat and sugar. Everyone asked for seconds so it must have been tasty! Prices this time are Tesco and Aldi prices.

You will need:

100g dried pinto beans, 500g/£1.09

carton passata, 29p

400g tin chopped tomatoes, 31p

500g carrots, chopped, 46p/kg

1 red pepper, chopped, 50p

125g spring onions, chopped 5op/125g

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce £2.21/290ml

1 tablespoon paprika 95p/48g

2 teaspoons garlic salt 95p/90g

500ml water

Dash of olive oil (optional)

6 sausages** £3.00/10

Total 83p per serving

1. Rinse the pinto beans and leave to soak in a large bowl with plenty of water (1 part beans to 5 parts water) for at least 8 hours.

2. Drain pinto beans and rinse.

3. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil with a dash of olive oil. Add the pinto beans.

4. Bubble vigorously over a high heat for 10 minutes, and then leave to bubble gently for at least one hour.

5. Meanwhile, in another saucepan combine the passata, tomatoes, carrots, pepper, spring onions and seasoning.

6. Add 500ml water and stir.

7. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 40 minutes.

8. In the meantime, place the sausages on a baking tray (do not prick the skins) and cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes.

9. Remove sausages from the oven and chop into bite-sized chunks.

10. Use a blender to whizz the tomato mixture to a pulp.

11. Drain the pinto beans and combine in a saucepan with enough tomato sauce to cover.

12. Add the sausage chunks and heat through until piping hot.

13. Serve with rice, mashed potatoes or slices of toast.


Timing is everything. If you follow the instructions in the right order, it will all be a doddle.

Any leftover sauce can be refrigerated or frozen and then reheated. Add a little basil or dried mixed herbs for a tasty pasta sauce.

**I used a 10 pack of sausages. I cooked all 10 and then saved 4 sausages for lunch boxes the following day.


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