Sausage Goop – 58p – 74p per person

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This recipe’s actually my Mum’s – credit where it’s due. And it’s not so much of a recipe as a can of tomatoes, a tbsp of brown sugar, a chopped onion, a sausage per person, a tbsp of paprika and a tbsp of dried basil, coupled with whatever random vegetables are in your fridge. This is another great recipe for using up the lingering odds and ends, if soup or pasta don’t appeal.

In any case, I’ve priced it as I would with anything else so that if you feel so inclined, you can include it in your budget, rather than as an ‘oh poop I’ve got nothing in’ panic meal. As usual, prices are for Tesco via MySupermarket.

1 can of Tesco Value Tomatoes – 34p
1 tbsp oil/cooking fat – 2p
1 onion – 16p
1 clove garlic – 4p
4-8 sausages (I allow 1 per person, cut into rounds, so have priced accordingly) – 75p (based on half of one of the ‘2 packs for £3 offer’ on Tesco Butcher’s Choice sausages – 8 sausages per pack, valid on publication 17/6/15)
3 carrots – 23p
100g frozen sweetcorn – 10p
1 can of kidney beans – 30p
1 tbsp paprika – 6p
1 tbsp dried basil/mixed herbs – 1p
1 tbsp/50g brown sugar – 15p

Finely chop/mince your garlic, chop your onion and slice your sausages into rounds. Chop your carrots according to how you like them and throw the lot into a pan until the onions are soft. Drain and add to the pan. Add your chopped tomatoes, any water you need to make a fairly curry-like consistency and then throw in your herbs and seasoning. Five minutes before serving, add the sweetcorn.

This recipe feeds 4 adults with a side of rice (around 250g of dried rice – 13p). That makes it around 58p per person, including rice. Do bear in mind though, that this is using only 4 of the sausages, rather than 2 per person. Upping the meat content pushes this to 74p per head.

Really though, using any old vegetables left in the fridge is fine. Mushrooms work really well, as do peppers, and you can leave out the can of beans if you’ve got enough other bits.

What are your quick, easy go-to recipes?

— Farn ❤

Sausage and potato hash – 69p-72p per person

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Let’s face it, this isn’t a pretty dish. Then again, so few hearty dinners are and what this is lacking in looks, it makes up for in deep, comforting taste.

Based on this dish, I took on board a lot of what Amelia (the blogger) said was wrong with the dish’s original incarnation and came up with the following. As ever, prices are Tesco viaMysupermarket:

1 onion – 16p
2 leeks – 80p ish (you can do this cheaper by using approx. 500g of frozen leeks – 71p)
500g potatoes – 35p ish
6-8 sausages (I allow 2 per person, but you can make them go further if you cut them into rounds) – £1.50 (based on the 2 packs for £3 offer on Tesco Butcher’s Choice sausages – 8 sausages per pack, valid on publication 13/5/15)
1 stock cube – 2p
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard – 5p

TOTAL: £2.88 or 72p per person (using fresh leeks).
69p per person when using frozen leeks.

You could get this down further by using cheaper sausages, or getting sausages from the reduced section. I did look into using Quorn sausages for this, but even buying a large pack of frozen sausages, you only save 1p per head so using the vegetarian option is an ethical choice rather than financial one in this recipe.

Anyhow, the method.

Mix up a stock and add the mustard. Roughly chop the veg and scatter in a lasagne dish, placing the sausages on top. Pour the stock over the top until the veg is covered, but the sausages are slightly elevated. Bake for 50 minutes at 160C, checking regularly. It’s ready when the potatoes are soft.

What are your favourite sausage dishes?

— Farn ❤

Miki’s smoked Sausage and Kale stew – 70p – 98p

One of the group’s other admin (Miki) posted this recipe and I couldn’t resist trying it out. The leek isn’t original – celerey being called for instead – but I wanted to take advantage of the cheap veg on offer at Aldi. The paprika was also an addition of mine, just because it goes so well with all things smoked. Hearty enough for a winter’s evening and light enough to eat during warmer weather, I’d go so far as to say that this is one of my very favourite meals.

I’ve listed two sets of prices – the ones included in this week’s Aldi Super Six (correct as of 02/04/2015), and those from Tesco via Mysupermarket.

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2 cloves of garlic – 5p
1 onion – 16p
1 leek – 15p (Aldi)/43p (Tesco)
1 carrot – 4p (Aldi)/8p (Tesco)
2 potatoes – 2p (Aldi)/4p (Tesco)
1 smoked sausage/ 1/2 a Mattessons round  – 82p *See notes
Half a pack of kale – 33p (currently on offer – would usually cost 50p)
1 tbsp Paprika (optional) – 2p
1 stock cube – 2p

These quantities fed two adults and a toddler with a good appetite!

Total for Aldi: £1.61 – roughly 80p each for two very hungry adults. More like 70p each and 20p for the child…
Total for Tesco: £1.95 – roughly 98p each for two very hungry adults. Let’s say 80p each and 35p for the child…

DSC_2197Mince/finely chop the garlic, then cut your veg into bite-sized chunks. Chop the sausage into rounds. Fry off the sausage, garlic and paprika (if you’re using it) for two minutes before adding the rest of the veg except the kale. Add the stock cube and enough water to just cover the contents of your pan. When your veg is tender, throw in the kale and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

For the sausage I used Tesco’s ‘Krakus Podwawelska Coarse Cooked & Smoked Pork Sausages’ – these come in a pack of two from the Polish meats section and cost £2.99 at the moment (until 07/04/2015 – they usual cost £3.75). Half a Mattessons round does the job just as well though and is a fraction of the price – I just had a Clubcard voucher for the other variety 😉

Don’t be disheartened by the high price of this meal – try it now while things are on sale, and try it out using different veg – up the carrots, down the leeks (try it out with Miki’s original celery – it’s delicious!). Besides, at 70p per head, you’ve still got space in your budget for a breakfast of porridge and a lunch of cheese on toast, possibly even with a snack too.

What’s your favourite stew-veg combo?

— Farn ❤