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If you're looking for a dish which is pure comfort and involves zero effort, you need my slow cooker sausage and bean casserole recipe in your life.
It's gluten free, takes a few minutes to prepare, and just makes the most comforting dinner recipe ever.
This slow cooker sausage and bean casserole uses baked beans, tinned tomatoes and some storecupboard basics to create a budget-friendly meal.
Serve it up with mashed potato, fluffy jacket potatoes, rice, or just some crusty gluten free baguettes to scoop up the sauce.
This recipe is so easy to make and is not only coeliac-friendly but also dairy free too.
Everyone will love it - the beans are smoky and tasty and you can use any gluten free sausages you like.
There's a full recipe card below with the quantities and instructions, but here are the main ingredients and ideas for any substitutions:
Gluten Free Sausages: Most supermarket sausages tend to be gluten free in the UK, but not all of them. Always double check to make sure the sausages you're using are safe.
I love Lincolnshire sausages in this recipe but something like a chorizo sausage or a caramelised onion one would be a great twist. The Sainsbury's Taste The Difference ones are my go-to but Tesco, Lidl, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and brands like Heck all have plenty of gluten free sausages to choose from.
Baked Beans: As far as I'm aware, most baked beans are gluten free but always double check. I just used cheap, own-brand supermarket baked beans but you can use Heinz if you like!
Tinned Tomatoes: This helps to bulk out the casserole and give it a nice flavour. I do love using tinned tomatoes because they're so cheap and easy to find.
Bacon Lardons: These are essential for getting a lovely smoky, salty flavour in this gluten free sausage casserole.
Red Pepper: I always like to add extra veg to a dish where I can and red peppers work so well with the tomato flavours of this casserole. You can use any colour pepper you like or omit them completely if you prefer.
Vegetable Boullion: I use this boullion a lot in my recipes as it's completely gluten free. You could crumble in half a gluten free vegetable stock cube if you prefer, but I find the gluten free stock cubes don't tend to crumble too easily.
Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce: I use the Tesco Free From Worcestershire Sauce but I believe Henderson's Relish is also gluten free.
Dijon Mustard: Most dijon mustard is gluten free but always double check. English mustard usually contains wheat flour so make sure you avoid this.
I also use smoked paprika, red onion and garlic to flavour this gluten free sausage and beans casserole.
How to make gluten free sausage casserole
Making this gluten free sausage casserole in the slow cooker honestly could not be any easier!
I like to fry off the bacon before adding it as it makes it nice and crispy, so you may as well brown the sausages at the same time.
It's not necessary to do this but they won't brown in the slow cooker so I think it adds a bit of colour.
Then it's simply a case of chucking everything in the slow cooker together and letting it work it's magic.
You can shove it all in before work and then come home to the most amazing-smelling sausage and bean casserole ever.
Which slow cooker do you use?
I use a Crockpot 3.7-litre slow cooker I was gifted from a family member - I think this is the newer model of mine.
I know a lot of people are worried about the cost of living and looking for cheaper alternative to turning on the gas or electric oven.
The good news is slow cookers are actually pretty efficient to run!
I've done a bit of research online and it looks like a slow cooker costs roughly 16p a day to run, compared to 87p a day for an electric cooker.
What if I don't have a slow cooker?
If you don't have a slow cooker you can make this gluten free sausage casserole in the oven or on the hob.
To do this, cook the sausages and bacon as per step 1 in the recipe, then add them back into a lidded casserole dish with all the other ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas Mark 4 and then place the dish, with the lid firmly on, in the oven for an hour.
Or cook it on the hob for around 40 minutes until the sausages are cooked through.
But ultimately this recipe is made for the slow cooker so I'd definitely recommend it as the best and most efficient way to make it!
My slow cooker sausage and bean casserole recipe
Here it is, your new family favourite - my slow cooker sausage and bean casserole.
A gluten free, budget-friendly meal which will become your new family favourite!
It's easy to scale up and down and you can also freeze any leftovers to reheat and enjoy at another time.
And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 gluten free sausages
- 100g bacon lardons
- 400g tin baked beans
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 red onion (sliced)
- 1 red pepper (roughly chopped)
- 2 tsp chopped garlic
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp vegetable boullion
- 1 tbsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- Add the olive oil to a frying pan and place on a medium-high heat. Add the sausages and bacon lardons and fry for 4-5 minutes until the sausages have browned. Remove from the heat and pour into the slow cooker.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker and mix well. Place the lid on and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. Serve hot with jacket potatoes or rice - and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1632mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 22g
Need more slow cooker recipe inspiration?
Here are some more gluten free slow cooker recipes you can try out once you've made this Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Casserole.
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Chicken and Chorizo with Harissa
If you have any recipe suggestions, please let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next!
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