Italian Sausage and Chestnut Casserole
Waitrose and Partners

Italian sausage & chestnut casserole

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  • Serves8
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook35 mins
  • Total time45 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 x 400g packs 6 Waitrose Duchy Organic British Pork Sausages with Herbs
  • 250g shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 200g pack Essential Waitrose Smoked Bacon Lardons
  • 700g jar Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Passata
  • 350g tub Waitrose Cherry Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 2 x 180g packs Merchant Gourmet Whole Chestnuts
  • 3 sprig/s rosemary


  1. In a large ovenproof casserole dish, heat the olive oil, add the sausages and fry for 4-5 minutes until brown all over. Remove and set to one side. Add the shallots to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden, then add the lardons and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.

  2. Return the sausages to the pan along with the passata and Napoletana sauce, 250ml cold water, the chestnuts, rosemary and seasoning. Mix well and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, until the sausages are thoroughly cooked. Serve with a generous helping of sweet potato and parsley mash to mop up all the sauce, and the roasted parsnip and beetroot with sesame seeds.

Cook’s tip

This recipe can be made ahead. Cover and place in a preheated 180°C, gas mark 4 oven for 25 minutes to reheat. To transport the casserole, leave it in the dish, remove the lid and cover in clingfilm. Replace the lid and wrap with clingfilm again - this will ensure no spillage when it is travelling.

And to drink...

Grab a couple of wines sealed with screwcaps. The big, warm juicy flavours of an Australian red will be very welcome. Or mix up some spicy mulled wine using ready-made sachets.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,584kJ/ 620kcals



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