350g/12oz villagers sausages
30g/1oz dried mushrooms
1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh thyme
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
450g/1lb mixed mushrooms, sliced
400g/14oz tin white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
400g/14oz tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
400g/14oz tin flageolet beans, drained and rinsed
400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
2 bay leaves
55g/2oz fresh white breadcrumbs
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2. Place the sausages into a roasting tin and cook for 30 minutes
or until the sausage is cooked and brown. Turn the sausages
occasionally. When the sausages are cool enough to handle cut
on the angle into 2.5cm/1in pieces. Save any fat in the pan.
Cut the chorizo to similar pieces and fry gently.
3. Place the dried mushrooms into a food processor with the
rosemary and thyme. Process as finely as you can. Using a large
pan mix this powder with 570ml/1 pint of boiling water. Stir
and set aside.
4. Meanwhile, add the oil to the pan with a lid and gently fry
the onion and garlic for about 15 minutes until the onion has
softened, but not coloured. Add the fresh mushrooms and cook
over a high heat for about 3-4 minutes until they have started
5. Add the tinned tomatoes and tomato purée to the mushroom
stock, mix and then add the beans and the mushrooms and onions.
6. Mix well and bring to the boil. Season with salt and black
pepper. Add the sausages and any saved fat from the roasting
pan. Add the bay leaves and simmer gently on the top of the
stove for 30 minutes, stirring to prevent it catching.
7. Cook until the liquid is reduced and clinging to the beans.
8. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and place under the grill or
in the oven until golden. It can also be cooked in the oven
for 1 hour at the same temp.