Student Series: Sausage and Pearl Barley Casserole

Got a winter warmer recipe coming at you this week. Being back at University means that I am constantly thinking about making my life quicker and easier when it comes to food and cooking times. As much as I love it, sometimes other things take priority, *cough* Dissertation *cough*. Anyway this is a super simple sausage and pearl barley casserole recipe that is so easy to make and is the perfect midweek dinner to share with friends, family or be part of your weekly meal prep.

I love meals like this that I can make in advance, freeze and then thaw out whenever I want a quick dinner or don’t have time to make anything else. Definitely one of my top uni tips: Make batch meals! Not only are they tasty and convenient, they work out so much cheaper than ordering take away or buying individual meals each day. Also they are without a doubt much healthier than the shop bought supermarket ready meals!

I have used pearl barley in this, which I don’t believe to be gluten free, but you can easily sub this ingredient for extra beans, lentils, quinoa or leave out entirely…it’s up to you! It is best if you try and use the best quality sausages you can find, if you don’t have a good quality butcher then go for a good supermarket brand with as higher percentage of meat as possible, my favourite are @heckfooduk sausages.


Ingredients:  Serves 4

  • 8 Sausages (2 per person)
  • 100g Pearl Barley
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Courgette
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tin Borlotti Beans
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Heat a large pan with a tbsp of oil, once the pan is hot brown the sausages all over.
  2. Meanwhile, dice all your veggies and finely chop the garlic.
  3. Once the sausages are brown add the veggies to the pan and let them sweat down for about 5 mins.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients plus an extra can-full of boiling water and give it a good old mix together.
  5. Leave to simmer for about 20 mins until the pearl barley is cooked – you may need to add more water at various stages if it is becoming too dry.
  6. Once the pearl barley is soft, you are good to go!
  7. Enjoy




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