Sneaking some seeds in really gives this recipe an edge; pumpkin and sunflower seeds contain magnesium, this is needed for our bones and teeth but it is also important for our muscles, heart and nervous system.  Peppers are a great source of Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant vitamin which can help neutralize potentially harmful free radicals in the body.

HECK Mediterranean Vegetable Sausage Bake  with Seed Crumb

This delicious gluten-free recipe serves 2


10 HECK Chicken Italia Sausages

1 red pepper cut into 4

1 yellow pepper cut into 4

1 orange pepper cut into 4

1 courgette sliced lengthways and cut into half moons

1 aubergine sliced into rounds approx. 1cm thick

1 red onion sliced into wedges

Sea salt

Black pepper

15ml olive oil


Tomato Sauce

550g/ml passata

20ml olive oil

2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed

1 handful chopped basil

Sea salt & black pepper

1 tsp sugar


Crumb Topping

Small handful finely chopped parsley

20g gluten free breadcrumbs

15g parmesan cheese grated

20g pumpkin seeds

20g sunflower seeds



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c / 160°c fan / gas mark 5.
  2. In a large roasting tray place all of the peppers, courgette, aubergine and onion wedges. Drizzle over the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and mix well.  Cook in the oven for 15-20 mins.
  3. At the same time place the sausages onto a shallow baking tray and cook in the oven for 12-14 mins.
  4. Whilst they cook, add the olive oil and garlic to a small saucepan and fry on a medium heat for two mins. Add the passata and simmer for a further 10 – 15 mins.  Season to taste and stir in the chopped basil.
  5. For the crumb topping mix together all of the ingredients.
  6. Once everything is cooked, take a deep baking dish or tin and start to layer the bake. Start with a layer of tomato sauce then add the sausages.  On top of these, place half the roasted veg mix then add another layer of tomato sauce, the remaining veg, remaining tomato sauce and finally top with the seed crumb.
  7. Put the whole dish back into the oven for 20-25mins and enjoy with a crisp green salad. Enjoy!

This recipe uses Chicken Italia chipolatas, but works equally well with our other Chicken sausages! Spring, Simply, Naked, Smoky Paprika, Zesty or Spring. You could also try it with out Thai-Style Turkey chipolatas!

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