Winner '11: Christian Higgins

Beans, Sausage & Vegetable Pie

  • 2 tbsp vegetable, olive or sunflower oil
  • 225g pork sausages
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 x 400g tinned Heinz baked beans
  • Dried tumeric, basil, oregano, or any other herb in the press
  • 2 tbsp Heinz ketchup
  • 5 potatoes, boiled
  • 50ml milk
  • 50g butter
  1. Gently the oil in a large frying pan over a moderate heat.
  2. Add the sausages and cook for 4 minutes, then add the garlic, onion and red peppers.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the beans in a separate saucepan and stir in the herbs and ketchup, mixing thoroughly until warm - do not overheat!
  4. Add the butter and stir until heated through.
  5. Pour the bean mixture into the frying pan over the sausages and vegetables. Mix through and transfer to an ovenproof dish.
  6. Mash the potatoes with the milk and butter. Add herbs if desired.
  7. Place the mash on top of the bean vegetable mixture and smooth out with a fork.
  8. Place in a preheated oven at 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6 for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and place a sprig of parsley on top. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Christian Higgins

"This recipe has saved my life on so many occasions. It's cheap, very tasty, and reasonably healthy and it won't break the bank! Most of the items you'll already have in the press and it can be altered any way you like as it's a versatile dish!"

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