I was driving in to work the other day and near a roundabout there was a car pulled over at an odd angle. It was not a great place to park and I wondered what the person was doing. It turned out they had pulled over to do a u-turn across the traffic. They finally managed to do this after waiting for quite a lot of traffic to go past. All a bit mad when there was a roundabout five metres in front of them that they could just have driven around, and a lot quicker than waiting for the traffic coming from the other direction as they would have had right of way.
But it got me thinking about how we sometimes make life more difficult than it should be. I am sure I do similar things on a regular basis. But of course you get so fixed on how something is done that it is hard to see the simpler way. I think there are a lot of tricks in cooking that I am just not aware of and prepping takes me longer than it should. I mentioned in this post (ADD LINK) how it was nice to be prompted to mix spices at the start rather than my usual style of running around trying to get all the spices measured and in the post as things are cooking. What do you do that is more complicated than necessary?
I like things that simplify my life and save time so I can spend it doing more interesting things like entertaining my two dogs. So of course I love a one pot meal. I don’t own a dishwasher and anything to save on thE washing up is great.
I also love sausages. So this recipe for a Sicilian Sausage One Pot Casserole combines to things I am quite keen on – good sausages and one pot recipes. This is not the quickest meal to cook but it is not a dish that needs constant attention so you can potter around doing other things whilst it cooks:
To make this for one I used the following ingredients:
- 1 italian sausage (about 125g). As it says in the original recipe I looked for one that was thick and not too fatty.
- ½ tbs olive oil
- ¼ red onion, chopped
- ½ carrot peeled and diced
- 1 and ¼ tsp of minced garlic (equals just over 1 clove of garlic
- ¼ tsp of dried chilli flakes
- 1 bay leaf (I used dried as I couldn’t find fresh)
- 1 tsp of rosemary, chopped
- ½ tbs balsamic vinegar
- 50ml of white wine
- 100g of tinned diced tomato
- 125ml of water (1/2 a cup)
- 100g tinned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
I didn’t add any rice or bread as the casserole on its own is quite filling. It comes out at about 440 calories depending on the sausage you use. A pretty good hearty meal for not too many calories. But I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping to. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad meal but just not packing quite as much flavour as I would have liked. But I used minced instead of whole garlic as when I came to cook I couldn’t find the garlic I had bought.
I would chop up the sausage next time and stir it through the casserole. The photo from the original recipe suggests the sausage was cut up but it wasn’t mentioned in the recipe and when you select print the recipe, it doesn’t include the pictures. So I hadn’t done this.
I would also up the chilli content next time. I used dried chilli as I find that easier to get the portion size right and it would be easy to just add a bit more next time.
In terms of cooking this for one, you will have tomato and cannellini beans left over. I have mentioned in another post that I often use the leftover tomato for breakfast the next day – just warmed and popped on some toast. The cannellini beans could be add to this. Or if you like me are a cannellini bean lover, I am more than happy to plan a second dinner incorporating cannellini beans for the next night.