Sausage and bean casserole with herbed breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 180°C. Process carrot, onion, fennel, celery and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a shallow flameproof casserole pan over medium-high heat, add sausages and cook, turning occasionally for about 3 minutes until browned, remove from pan and set aside. Add vegetable mixture to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until very tender, then add white beans, tomato, stock and the herb bundle, season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper and simmer for about 8 minutes until well-flavoured and slightly thickened. Remove string and herb bundles.
While the beans simmer, combine the breadcrumbs, parsley and 3 tbsp olive oil in a bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper and stir well to evenly combine. Add the sausages to the bean mixture, pushing slightly into the liquid, then scatter over the breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbling, then serve hot with salad.
If you can’t find chipolatas, you can use twist larger sausages in half to form smaller sausages.