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We’ve finally returned from a lovely 10 days away in Spain; spent gobbling Paellas, tapas and a copious amount of very reasonably priced Spanish wine. Mmm.

However, I’m all ‘spained’ out for the time being, and in need of some good old fashioned traditional UK flavours to celebrate our return. So tonight, I’m going with an old favourite, a tasty and filling combo of sausages, leeks and carrots to remind us why it’s nice to be back in England and eating stodge again. Ho ho.

(Only kidding. This isn’t too unhealthy!)

Sausage, Leek and Carrot Hash

You will need:

1) sausages (enough for around 2-3 each, depending on greed levels. I’m using a mix of pork and onion sausages for the rampant carnivores and Linda McCartney for me!)

2) olive oil.

3) 4 carrots (roughly one per person) thinly chopped.

4) 2-3 good sized leeks, thinly sliced.

5) Worcester sauce.

6) 1 tin of baked beans.

7) 100g grated cheese for the top.


How to make it:

1) Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the sausages until cooked.


2) Meanwhile, in another saucepan, heat a bit more oil, and gently cook the carrots and leeks until they go soft and golden.


3) When the sausages are cooked, set to one side and allow to cool a little, then chop them up diagonally. (I don’t chop the veggie ones, so I can easily identify them!)


4) Add the beans, a generous splash of Worcester sauce and the sausages to the leek and carrots. Give a good stir and simmer for a few minutes.


5) Serve, and sprinkle over with grated cheese.


Total Cost: Minus the meat sausages, this would have been VERY cheap indeed. (Humph.) However, including the meat sausages, it was just over £5.00, so £1.25 a person.

The Verdict? Us adults really enjoyed it, it had a lovely hearty flavour and was hugely filling. The boys didn’t mind it, they ate up all the carrots but were rather unimpressed with the meat sausages (see…veggie is best! Joke, guys, joke. Calm down.) I think it would also work really nicely with leftover roast potatoes or something similar.