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Pictured is Andrea Walker with her Sausage & Bean Casserole
Pictured is Andrea Walker with her Sausage & Bean Casserole
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Andrea Walker has a lot on her plate.

A member of Eckington Church, the mum of three from Mosborough helps to organise its monthly Messy Church - craft evenings in the Church Hall for up to 40 children.

Hermain task is to make a tiny budget made up solely of donations from parents and helpers stretch to provide a nutritious meal for everyone at the end of the evening.

Andrea, 43, is the right woman for the job; she works at Sheffield accountancy firm Footprints. “Pricing the meals is very important, but the food also has to be filling, nutritious and something that we know kids will eat,” she says. “Sausage and Bean Hotpot is a new dish and one we think will be a hit. Kids love anything with beans. And we love the fact that it’s ready in 35 minutes!”

Sausage and bean hotpot recipe:

Serves: 4 Cost: £3.50


454 pack of pork sausages

1 onion

420g tin of baked beans

410g tin of red kidney beans

400g can of chopped tomatoes

2 red peppers or a tin of carrots

Salt and pepper


Cut sausages in half, then peel and slice the onion finely. Place sausages and onion in a large frying pan.

Cook gently for 10 minutes, turning at regular intervals until the sausages are browned and onion is soft.

Slice the red peppers and put into a heat-proof hotpot or casserole dish along with the tin of tomatoes.

Cook on the hob for five minutes. Then add the baked beans and the drained kidney beans,

Add this mixture to then cooked sausages and onions in the frying pan to get all the lovely flavours from the onions, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

The hotpot could be served with mashed or jacket potato or with rice. Though you can simply dish it up with crusty bread.

This recipe will work really well as a filling and nutritious hot meal for loads of people – at a really low cost. It’s ideal for a teenagers’ party, or even for Bonfire night. Just double the recipe for eight people, quadruple it for 16 people, etc.

At Messy Church we have up to 40 kids to feed and I could dish up Sausage and Bean Hotpot to them for £35.

Andrea’s confession:

Whilst I do prefer savoury dishes and I do try to eat healthily most of the time, my guilty pleasure would have to be a highly calorie-laden chocolate fudge cake – with extra-thick double cream for good measure.

Served hot, its unbeatable.