The most common question I seem to get asked these days is “what do I do with this?” ed by a glimpse into a bag of leftover bits, made up off all the meals of someones week in an outstretched hand. Sometimes making something out of nothing can be challenging, but there are certain ingredients I see in hostels time and time again. I have come up with a recipe for using up all of the most common ones, so the next time i get ‘the question’ I can just slide this recipe across the table. You can take out or add to this recipe as needed, I have just included everything here that I find regularly on the free food shelf.
Ingredients – makes 3 portions (£2.90 cost for 3)
3 cooked and sliced sausages
1/2 an onion, sliced (red or white)
1 tsp minced or crushed garlic
1/2 a 300g jar of tomato pasta sauce
1 tomato, chopped roughly
1/2 a red pepper, sliced
1 tin baked beans
1/2 tin mixed beans or kidney beans
1 Chicken or beef stock cube (optional)
2 tbsp of any leftover herbs
Fry the onions and peppers on a high heat with 1 tbsp of olive oil until they start to colour (5/10mins).
Add the tomato, beans, garlic, stock cube, pasta sauce, 1/2 a mug of water and the sausages.
Cook on a low simmering heat for about 15 minutes or until the stew starts to thicken, remove from the heat and add the herbs.
serve with some bread for dipping or just enjoy on it’s own.