Back to Basics…

Yudhika..behind the scenes on Mela with AMC cookware

Yudhika..behind the scenes on Mela with AMC cookware



I simply love leftovers and even taking a few  lonely ingredients and turning them into a deliciously spicy meal.  South Africans are braai fanatics and like most homes there are always a few sausages, grilled steak and chops in the refrigerator.


Sausages and baked beans used to be a childhood favourite.  I am quite the ‘can fan’ and always have a well stocked pantry.  There are beans of all shapes and sizes in the cupboard….butter, baked, kidney, three beans and….my love for beans even earned me the name, ‘Bean Bomber’!


On Sundays episode of Mela, it was back to basics…taking a few store cupboard staples and turning them into an easy meal to deal with that nagging question, ‘What’s for Sunday Supper?’  If you missed the last episode of Mela on SABC 2, click here:


This is a one pot meal that will definitely become a Sunday night fave.  The sausages soak up the lovely tomato gravy, keeping them moist and spicing them up at the same time.  As I said on the show, allow two sausages for a greedy portion but even one would do nicely!



A big thanks to the AMC cookware team in Cape Town who keep the Holi Cow kitchen well equipped with the latest cookware!  Also a very big thanks to Mrs Pat Tarr and the Broadacres Superspar team for sponsoring the ingredients for my blog.


Before we move onto the recipe, just a quick update on the competitions.  The winner for the AMC competition will be drawn on Sunday, 3oth November after Mela!  Please stay tuned on twitter and Facebook for the announcement.  The KitchenAid stand mixer competition will be drawn on Sunday 13th December.


Yudhika's Sausage and Bean Pasta...back to basics on Mela

Sausage and Kidney Bean Pasta


Serves 4




600g cooked sausages

40ml sunflower oil

1 bay leaf

1 cinnamon stick

5ml cumin seeds

1 large onion, finely chopped

5ml coarse salt

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cloves garlic, crushed

10 -15ml Curry Me Home Nan’s Lazy Day Masala

1 x 400g tin tomatoes, chopped

1 x400g tin red kidney beans

500g penne pasta, cooked and cooled

75ml fresh cream

Fresh coriander or curry leaves, to garnish

Here’s how:


Heat the sunflower oil in a AMC paella pan.

Fry the bay leaf and the cinnamon stick for few seconds.

Once the bay leaves turn a shade darker, add the cumin seeds.

Fry until the seeds begin to splutter and then saute the onion with salt until pale golden in colour.

Add the crushed garlic and stir for a few seconds, then stir in the mixed masala.

Add the tomatoes and cook until the sauce thickens – the tomatoes should break down completely.

Add the drained red kidney beans and  pour in 250ml boiled water.

Break the sausages into the sauce and simmer for another 2 – 3 minutes.

Check the seasoning and add more salt if necessary.

Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and simmer until the pasta is heated through – add more water if the sauce is too dry.  Pour the fresh cream into the pasta sauce and stir.

Garnish with fresh coriander or curry leaves.




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