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Sausage casserole recipe slow cooked with cider and bacon

Sausage Casserole with Cider and Bacon

This Sausage Casserole is slowly braised with Cider and Bacon for the most delicious sauce and the ultimate in comfort food.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 821 kcal


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 800 g Sausages About 12. See Note 1.
  • 200 g Smoked bacon Chopped into small pieces.
  • 2 Onions Peeled and sliced into wedges. See Note 2.
  • 3 Garlic cloves Peeled and chopped. See Note 2.
  • 2 Parsnips Peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 3 Sticks Celery Chopped into small chunks.
  • 3 tbsp Plain flour
  • 3 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp Fresh sage Finely chopped. See Note 3.
  • 500 ml Cider Note 4.
  • 150 ml Chicken stock Note 5.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Apples Note 6.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

  2. In a large, lidded, ovenproof pan, heat the oil and brown the sausages over a medium heat until the have some colour all over. (About 10 minutes.)

  3. Remove the sausages from the pan and put in the bacon pieces, let them brown lightly (about 2 - 3 minutes).

  4. Add in the onions, garlic, parsnips and celery and brown for a further 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in the flour until everything is coated. Add the tomato puree, sage, cider, chicken stock and salt and pepper. Stir well and sit the sausages on top.

  6. Put the lid on and put into the oven for 40 minutes.

  7. Add the apples and cook for a further 5 minutes.

  8. Stir well and serve.

Recipe Notes

Note 1 - Sausages

Use whichever sausages your family like. You could also use Chipolata (thin sausages) if you prefer. You could also reduce the amount of sausages if your pack is smaller.

Note 2 - Onions and Garlic

This is one of the rare times I don't use the shortcut of frozen onions! I just think that the onions work very well in this recipe as big chunky wedges. Frozen are fine if you need the shortcut, but the texture of the sauce will just be a little different.

I do use the pre-chopped frozen garlic in this recipe.

Note 3 - Sage

If you have fresh, it works really well in this. Just finely chop it. Otherwise replace with 2 tsp of dried Sage.

Note 4 - Cider

I used a fairly standard dry cider. Don't use anything too super sweet. If your cider is in a different sized bottle (say 330ml) just replace the remaining amount with extra stock, no need to open another whole bottle. The total amount of liquid should be 650ml.

Note 5 - Stock

Made with a cube is fine. I still use one cube for this small amount as it adds extra flavour.

Note 6 - Apples

Regular eating apples (not cooking) are fine here as they hold their shape. I like to peel mine before adding as I'm not keen on the cooked skin texture. It's up to you though.

Nutrition Facts
Sausage Casserole with Cider and Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 821 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 1504mg65%
Potassium 1265mg36%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.