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I couldn’t wait to write up this Gluten Free Cheats Sausage Casserole which is not only super easy to make but family friendly and cheap too.
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- What gluten free sausages can I use in this casserole?
- What tin’s of tomato soup are suitable for this cheats sausage casserole
- What beans can I use in this cheats sausage casserole?
- Can I make this dairy free as well as gluten free?
- Can I make this sausage casserole vegan too?
- Slow cooked or oven cooked?
- Batch cook to save money
- Portion sizes
- How to store this cheats sausage casserole for another day?
- Other meal time ideas for the family
- Gluten Free Cheats Sausage Casserole Recipe
What gluten free sausages can I use in this casserole?
There are so many options out there now we can finally say we’re spoiled with choice here in the UK. The thing you need to consider is the people who will be eating this Cheats Sausage Casserole.
If the recipients of this sausage casserole have no issue with punchy flavours, you could go for a Cumberland or Lincolnshire sausage with extra flavours added. There are also gluten free options out there with pork and cider and caramelised onion sausages.
If you have a tough crowd when it comes to stronger flavours, then stick to the good ole chipolatas, basic pork sausages or even chicken sausages.
I’ve collected a selection of the top specifically gluten free brands here in the UK but remember; Aldi, Lidl, Co-op and other supermarkets have own brand sausages that are now gluten free too. You may just have to pay more in places like Tesco or Sainsbury as they often reserve the gluten free sausages for the the Tesco Finest or Taste the Difference products.
What tin’s of tomato soup are suitable for this cheats sausage casserole
This recipe is intended for a family, therefore it needs to suit children’s palates, I recommend using a cream of tomato soup. The brand of tomato soup you decide to use is up to you. You may wish to use your normal brand or, if looking to cook on a budget, you may wish to go for a cheaper option.
The top contenders are obviously; Heinz Tomato Soup and Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup. The prices range from £1.20 per tin to 0.60p depending on whether you opt for a brand or a supermarket’s own version.
Just remember, always read the label for GLUTEN and may-contains.
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What beans can I use in this cheats sausage casserole?
There’s a theme here, if you don’t think your younger family are going to entertain eating this cheats casserole if they can see an adzuki bean at 5 paces then don’t add them, save yourself the frustration!
I’ll bet the kids enjoy baked beans though? So why not add a tin of those instead?
I have never been able to make up my mind which of the legumes family I like the most. I have also not quite worked out which of them hate me! As a possible IBS sufferer, beans and certainly lentils can have an adverse effect on me. If this sounds like you, give the beans a miss and maybe add a tin of sweetcorn instead or throw in a handful or two of frozen mixed veggies.
In the sausage cheats casserole pictured, I knew I was making this for the rest of the family not myself as well so I added adzuki beans, on other occasions I’ve use the following legumes with equal success;
- butter beans
- harricot beans (these are used to make baked beans)
- blacked-eyed beans (not the band of peas!)
- cannellini beans
- pinto beans
- mixed beans
- adzuki beans
Can I make this dairy free as well as gluten free?
Finding a tin of tomato soup that’s not got dairy in it can be a challenge. Actually, finding ANY tinned soups that don’t have dairy in them can be a challenge, believe me, I’ve tried. Fortunately, if you have the patience to look, they do exist. Sadly, they are often considered a luxury soup and are therefore more expensive.
I’ve found a couple of examples of soup you could swap the cream of tomato soup for in this recipe. The first, is this tin of Baxter’s Tomato Soup. As it has herbs in it already, you may feel less inclined to add the sage, but I would still add a pinch to tone down the basil and give the sausage casserole and more earthy taste.
The second tin of soup I only came across the day after drafting this recipe post. It’s all thanks to the lovely Alison at Coeliac Sanctuary. She posted an image of a new Vegan Heinz Tomato Soup on her Facebook page that’s also safe for Coeliacs. I have found this to be available on Ocado for £1.70 but at the time of posting it was on offer for £1.
Can I make this sausage casserole vegan too?
Use a safe tinned soup and vegan and gluten free sausages then YES, you can make this cheats sausage casserole vegan too.
Please be mindful that many vegan products are showing up on our shelves right now and sadly not all businesses’ appreciate the importance of may contains.
I mention this because if it says it vegan, it doesn’t always mean its DAIRY FREE too. I know, bonkers right?
The same rule applies for gluten free. So, for fear of sounding like a broken record – CHECK THE LABELS you lovely person you.
Slow cooked or oven cooked?
We can all agree that the cost of living is getting higher and we’re all feeling the pinch. Therefore I’ve gone for the option to cook this family friendly gluten free sausage casserole in my trusty Morphy Richard Slow Cooker rather than a conventional oven or even the hob.
Slow cookers are also an energy-efficient cooking appliance – they use just a little more energy than a traditional light bulb, and you can leave your food to cook slowly throughout the day while you’re at work or when you need to get on with other things.USwitch – Energy efficient cooking
Batch cook to save money
We all know that batch cooking is a cheaper way to produce hearty, healthy, filling meals for the family. This sausage casserole is no different.
My recipe cards all have a really cool feature whereby you can increase or decrease portion sizes. Say you only want to make this recipe for 2 people then choose the 0.5x button and the recipe card will adjust as if by magic.
If you want to make this recipe for 8 people or make enough for a meal for the family on another day, simply choose the 2x button and the ingredients will double for you. Feeling particularly productive and have a freezer the size of a coffin? Click 3x and you’ll have enough sausage casserole to feed an army (a small army of 12 people).
This recipe works on the presumption that you have 4 people with good appetites therefore this works on a portion size of 3 sausages each.
If you are a family with smaller tummies then maybe you don’t want three sausages each so you could use the 0.5x button and smaller mouths can have 1 or 1/2 a sausage each.
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How to store this cheats sausage casserole for another day?
I have a cupboard full of Tupperware and one of my favourite brands is Igluu their rectangular tubs come in one piece, 2 piece and 3 piece compartments and I find the 1 piece is perfect for 2 portion sizes or this casserole (then you just cook up some mash and veggies to go with it).
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All you need to do is wait for the leftover casserole to cool down completely to room temperature. Portion the casserole into the number of tubs required and freeze.
On the day you want to eat your frozen casserole get the tub out of the freezer in the morning and pop in the fridge to defrost safely ready to heat for dinner later.
Other meal time ideas for the family
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Gluten Free Cheats Sausage Casserole Recipe
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Cheats Sausage Casserole
- 12 gluten free sausages (two packs of 6 sausages
- 400 g tinned tomato soup
- 400 g tinned beans (adzuki, haricot, kidney etc…)
- 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
- 400 ml cold water
- 1 Knorr beef stock pot or gluten free beef stock cube, crumbled
- 1 tbsp dried sage
- 1 tsp garlic (powder, puree or clove) I use powder for this recipe
- 1 tbsp Henderson's Relish or gluten free Worcestershire Sauce
- salt & pepper to taste
- No need to brown the sausages off first, so add all the gluten free sausages to the slow cooker/casserole dish.
- Drain the tin of beans.
- To the dish, add the tomato soup, tinned tomato's, beans, relish, garlic powder and sage.
- Using the tinned tomato can, fill to the top with tap water and pour this into the dish as well.
- Give everything a good mix up with a spatula and add the lid.
- For a slow cooker – heat on high for 3 hours.NOTE: For the last 30mins leave a gap in the lid to allow the sauce to thicken.
- For a casserole dish – heat in the oven on 200°C | 180°C fan | 400°F | Gas 6 for 1 hour.NOTE: No need to remove the lid, this method will thicken the sauce naturally.
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