Recipe: Unbelievably Easy Sausage and Bean Stew (Tefal Cook 4 Me)

Recipe: a sausage and bean stew that's so easy the kids can make it

If you follow our social media accounts, it will not have escaped your notice that we have a new kitchen gadget. I have waxed lyrical about the Cook4Me by Tefal, to the extent that several of my online friends have gone straight down to Argos to buy one for themselves. Still others have added the intelligent multicooker to their Christmas list. I’m pretty confident that it will live up to expectation, and very excited to have one to give away today. I’ll be reviewing the Cook4Me fully next week, when you will find out how we got on handing the kitchen over to GG and the Bug for a week, to prepare all our meals.

Sausage stew recipe that's so easy to make, the kids can have it on the table in less than half an hour!
Kids taking over in the kitchen

Easy Sausage and Bean Stew Recipe

In the meantime, I’m sharing one of the recipes my 12 and 10 year old made for dinner in the Cook4Me – Sausage and Bean Stew, a hearty meal that’s perfect for families on a cold, dark evening. It will also keep warm for as long as you want without suffering, which is always a plus for a busy family with lots of after-school activities to fit in. All I did was a little bit of veg chopping, for safety, then the kids did the rest. There’s wine in the stew too – perfect excuse for mum to pour a glass and put her feet up.

 

Recipe: a sausage and bean stew that's so easy the kids can make it

Easy Sausage and Bean Stew

Heartwarming comfort food so easy the kids can make it
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Tefal Cook 4 Me or
  • Pressure Cooker or
  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tps sunflower oil
  • 8 good quality pork sausages
  • 100 g 1 large chopped onion
  • 100 g 1 diced red pepper
  • 400 g can of mixed beans drained
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 100 g 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions
 

  • Pour the oil into the Cook4Me, if using, otherwise heat in a large saucepan
  • Brown the sausages for a few minutes, or follow the instructions on the Cook4Me
  • Add the onion and pepper and brown until softened
  • Add all the remaining ingredients. In the Cook4Me, this dish will cook for 9 minutes and be ready to serve with some rice, noodles, yummy roast potatoes, or a chunk of crusty bread. So pour yourself a glass of wine (squash if you're under 18) and set the table!
  • In the saucepan, cover and simmer for around 20 minutes, until thickened and ready to serve.
  • Season and serve straight away.

Notes

If you don't have the Tefal Cook4Me, you could use a pressure cooker in a similar way, or cook for 5-8 hours in your usual slow cooker.
Keyword casserole, cook 4 me, Slow cooker

 

The Cook4Me from Tefal

I promise, it is probably the easiest kitchen device you’ll ever use. In fact, it’s so simple that you will actually leave them to it at least once, and let your kids serve dinner: wait till you see the Chinese ‘Fakeaway’ they cooked. Check out the #ChefsOfTheFuture hashtag next week to see more films of the recipes the kids made for us during the challenge.

 

We were paid by Tefal UK for our time and video footage for the Chefs of the Future films.

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554 thoughts on “Recipe: Unbelievably Easy Sausage and Bean Stew (Tefal Cook 4 Me)”

  1. What kitchen problem do you need most help with when cooking family meals? ….. more than anything the mess and lack of space.

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  2. Being in the kitchen by myself to get on with it is a big problem! When I am in there it seems to be a magnet for other people, if I stay away so do they!

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  3. Definitely space and tie -both in short supply and my god knows how old slow cooker I inherited from my Gran is starting to waiver bless it as its worked very hard esp since I inherited it- had a rice dish last week done it where some rice was still crunchy whilst the rest was overcooked ! Would love to be able to wax lyrical on FB about Tefal Cook4Me -ed works wonders to fiends & family using your fab recipes πŸ˜‰

    Good luck everyone-great blog by the way

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  4. would be nice to be able to whip up meals that we could all eat as we have faddy eaters and a vegetarian in our house so I find instead of cooking one meal I end up sometimes cooking 2 or 3

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  5. Trying to find new meals to cook, I seem to stick to the same meals week in and out. Would like to be more adventurous and provide more variety and healthy meals

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  6. We work such long hours that cooking dinner every day can be an uphill task. Finish work, pick up daughter, race home through traffic, change daughter, start dinner arghhhhh almost bedtime..

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  7. Prep time is my biggest issue, I don’t get home until 1730, my other issue is trying to please everyone – losing battle!

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  8. The main problem I have is that having such a busy family it is not always possible to eat together at the same time! On busy days I really have to plan carefully to cook something that can be reheated or kept warm for everyone. It does limit your choices!

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  9. I never seem to have the time and can’t trust other family members to do carefully or they can’t be bothered to do. Love to win this as all the family would love to use.

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  10. Trying to get the kids to eat vegetables – I hide them inside inside caseroles and pies to make sure they get their 5 a day.

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  11. The biggest issue for me is having to constantly go back to the hob/oven to check on things. To have an appliance that pretty much takes care of things itself would be amazing.

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  13. Getting all the timings right so everything is ready at the same time because I am often cooking extra items to take account of family allergies.

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  14. Timing for me. I’m okay cooking various things but they all require different temperatures and lengths so I often struggle with cooking everything at different temps and stages to have it all cooked and ready (and not burnt)

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  17. Basically it’s lack of time. I don’t have a lot of time and veg prep always takes far longer than expected (with interruptions)

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  18. What kitchen problem do you need most help with when cooking family meals? cost of all the ingredients and be able to find everything in the supermarkets. We growing more ourselves from next year so this little beauty will come in handy with all the fresh produces my son will be growing, raising and feeding ..

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  19. having the right tolls for the job, my knifes are blunt &i lack kitchen equipment so i have problems doing the simplest of meals

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  20. I would really like help knowing what to make, we seem to be having the same meals every week!
    This cook4me would be absolutely brilliant!

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  21. My biggest problem in the kitchen is to actually know what to cook. I’m oftem starting to worry about what to cook for dinner before I even had lunch. A lot of our meals seem to repeat themselves every week or fortnight

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  22. Living in a flat..the small amount of space – especially in the kitchen – is my biggest hinderance to cooking great food. That and keeping hungry hands out whilst food is being prepared πŸ˜‰ I love your easy sausage and bean stew recipe and the cook4me seems the perfect way of preparing it in one large pot so you can leave it to cook away. x

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  23. Time is the biggest issue, I love simple meals i can bung in and not worry about. with a toddler climbing up my leg and a breastfed baby. I often end up making hubby cook after work.

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  24. I don’t eat processed food or mix carbs with fats to keep my weight down whereas my partner can eat anything and not put on weight so I have to try to work out meals which I can cook and then adapt for both of us

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  25. We would benefit from a fridge freezer for storage. As only have a little fridge with ting freeze compartment at the moment. Life would be made easier, as could store items easier, shop less frequently etc. Luckily we have a fish and egg van which visit area regularly :- so can obtain these items regularly as easily accessible.

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  26. Fussy eating children, they seem to be getting worse the older they get not better, sausage and bean hotpot is always one of our family favourites though.

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  27. Hahaha I need all the help I can get….I’ve never been too good in the kitchen! Keeping everything hot and ready at the same time is a major problem for me!

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  28. Not enough space so I have to adopt almost caravan style methods – this cooker would be great, so much in so little space!

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  29. I love cooking hearty meals such as shepherds pie or stews but my son is the fussiest eater and so it means I spend so much more money each week on buying separate foods for us, and double the time cooking.

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  30. It would be nice to have a way to tidy up – especially when my daughter cooks with me. I want her to learn but it ends up being such a mess in the end lol

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  31. Im struggling to het my teenage step sons to eat even remotely healthily . All.they seem to crave is takeaway pozza and chips..i am trying though.

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  33. “Variety is my problem” trying to find new and exciting ways to feed my little ones,I try and camouflage the vegetables that they don’t like into some kind of’ fun way’ to eat. Awesome giveaway thanks for the opportunity.

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  34. Not having enough space, enough pots and pans and I hate when people are around me I like to be in the kitchen alone, stress free to get on with the job

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  35. Timing as there are always more than one type of meal to cook. I am a vegetarian but my husband & son are meat eaters. The vegetarian meals I cook on the husband & one son will eat. So we are always trying to make evrything come together at the same time so we can all sit down to eat togetehr as a family.

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  36. finding a meal that everyone likes. I’m a vegetarian, but my partner and our boys eat meat and fish. Our eldest wont eat rice, 6 year old won’t eat pasta. Fajitas and home made pizzas are the go to meals at the moment

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  37. i always have trouble deciding what to cook , I like to make healthy simple easy meals but I’m always running out of ideas in what to cook . It’s also very hard to to eat really healthily when your on a budget .

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  38. For me it has to be not having enough time to cook a meal from scratch, I rely on pre prepared meals most of the time, doing a roast dinner is a luxury treat at the weekend

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  39. having and choosing a wide range of cupboard ingredients in order to use basic staples such as pasta , rice potatoes etc and make exciting dishes on a lower budget

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  40. Having the time to cook, and the children wanting dinner at 4pm, when my husband isn’t home until 6pm, I always feel too rushed and would love to have less worry

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  41. I have a tiny kitchen and lack of work space to prep ans cook food in. It’s abit of a mission when cooking , I can’t have anybody else in there .

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  42. Getting my daughter from under my feet when I am cooking and pans that don’t stick, even the so called ‘non stick’ ones are anything but! Many thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  43. Making sure that my recipes are delicious and healthy at the same time, During the week we like to eat as clean as possible, using Coconut oil is quite important in our food too.

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  44. My biggest problem is finding something everyone will eat, I hate that most nights I’m cooking different things because of fussy eaters.

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  45. A lot for me as i’m disabled (not a sob story, don’t pity me haha), but I have my own techniques. The worst part for me is chopping or even worse … the dreaded washing up!

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  46. Keeping everything hot and getting the timing right so that everything is ready at the same time and not cold or overcooked!

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  47. timings. I often end up with either over cooked food or some food getting cold while waiting for another part of the meal finish cooking

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  48. timings. I often end up with either over cooked food or some food getting cold while waiting for another part of the meal finish cooking

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  49. My main problem is thinking of ideas. It’s easy to stick to the same things that everyone likes, so I need to be more adventurous

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  50. Space – no matter how much I try all the work surfaces get cluttered with gadgets, storage jars, washing up and whatever the kids have left lying around

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  51. This is going to sound a bit silly but our kitchen is so small so I would love a bit more space – and someone to clean up after us!

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  52. Finding a meal that everyone likes. I think have about 20 recipes that all of the family likes and spend the rest of the time cooking separate meals for everyone

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  53. My biggest issue is keeping knives and ingredients out of the reach of my toddler – his long arms are making things tricky at meal times

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  54. Not making too much mess and not being able to watch my 2 girls at the same time, there isn’t enough space in the kitchen for them to be with me

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  55. Cooking for one. I can never be bothered to cook for just me, this would be great because then I can have it over multiple days

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  56. I’m a wheelchair user and struggle with taking things in and out of the oven so tend to only use the hob or counter top appliances like a George Foreman grill, this looks great though.

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  57. I love having friends and family over for dinner, when I bring family I could end up with 8 adults and 20 kids running around. I don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove I want to be with them enjoying myself.. if I can make a one pot wonder its great. saves on time and dishes

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  58. I think that timing is the biggest pain as we all work at different times and keeping meals hot and making sure everyone eats is a real challenge

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  59. Time and timing,Everyone comes in at different times and my organisational skills are terrible,something that can be thrown together and then left to cook would be just wonderful x

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  60. Now I have an adult at home working shifts its a struggle to find things that will reheat nicely for her when she gets in at all hours – half the week we eat together but the other half is a struggle.

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  61. For me its time…. I am usually cooking whilst trying to combine kids school homework, making packed luches and cleaning up all at the same time in the kitchen! Fab giveaway this looks a great and would def come in handy in my kitchen! xx

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  62. Time management and easy cook meals
    With 3 children aged 1-11, a puppy and both of us having jobs it’s hard to find the time to actually plan and cook something nutritious!

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  63. The biggest problem I have is my electric cooker. For whatever strange reason, my cooker doesn’t get so hot during times when I imagine most people in my street are also cooking dinner (5-7pm). It’s crazy, the other day took 30 minutes to cook a pizza which should’ve taken 10 minutes! That and, well, I have to be cook, waiter and washer-upper in my house…

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  64. β€˜What kitchen problem do you need most help with when cooking family meals?’ Help from the family without asking , due to having health problems myself. Lifting things out of the oven as it’s low down, timings as I’m forgetful, draining as it hurts to hold things heavy. The whole meal time generally goes Pete Tong as I’m so tired. My lot don’t moan though, but one day a meal for them that was enjoyable would be good for them lol x

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  65. Ringing the changes for fast healthy meals, particularly in winter when we all want comfort food. Casseroles and one pot cooking is the way to go!

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  66. the washing up which my daughter is very good at helping with but my big problem is my very old cooker which the seal is coming off so door doesn’t stay shut!!nitemare

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  67. with a large family and small kitchen space is a real issue, and after I do do get help here is definitely 10 times more washing up,

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  68. Sometimes I end up cooking 3 different meals. My children often want to choose what they have (and they never want the same thing) and I’m vegetarian so if theirs is a meat or fish dish I have to cook for myself seperately! My husband either has what I have or what the kids have had!

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  69. The main problem i have when cooking dinner is the space i have in my kitchen – it is a galley kitchen and not designed for children, cats and dogs to run around in when im cooking – but that is what happens of course!

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