Rougaille Saucisse (Sausage Rougail)

Rougaille Saucisse aka Tomato Creole Sausages is a simple meal big on flavour. Deliciously golden onions, ginger, and garlic drowned in tomatoes and spices with plump sausage for a hearty and easy meal.
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Why You’ll Love This recipe

Easy to make – minimal food prep and ready in less than 30 minutes.

Budget-friendly – with the growing cost of living we all love a budget meal.

Low carb and keto friendlyUsing low carb sausages and easy pantry ingredients this dish is perfect for the keto diet.

What is Rougaille Saucisse

Rougaille Saucisse is a delicious spicy tomato casserole that originated in southern France. With its spicy tomato and thyme sauce, it has a (French) African Indian Creole flavor that is extremely versatile.

A family favourite dish in Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island this is a rich tomato sauce that has universal appeal.

Related Recipes Curried Sausages Recipe / Easy Devilled Sausages

How to pronounce Rougaille – rou-ghay.

Ingredients

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the quantity of each ingredient used in our rougail sausage recipe.

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Ingredient Notes

Sausages – choose the sausages you love the most. Traditionally pork smoked sausages or Creole sausages (if you can get them) are used in this dish. Use any sausage you like. Andouille, kransky, or chorizo can be added for more spice and smoky flavour. I use low carb pork or beef sausage. You could also make your own spicy sausage to use.

Tomatoes – use the freshest vine-ripened tomatoes you can find. Substitute chopped tomatoes if you prefer. I use skin on tomatoes, but you can poach the tomato and remove the skin. Some rougaille recipes use tomatoes with the pulp removed and no tomato paste / sauce as well. They are drier than this recipe. You do you.

Spices – you can give this more of a curry Indian flavor with the addition of curry leaves, turmeric, mustard seeds, and some kaffir lime / makrut leaves to the sauce. Make it spicier with more chili, fresh or dried.

Variations

Protein – this spicy tomato sauce is perfect for use with other proteins.

Tuna Rougaille or Fish Rougaille – omit the sausage and pan fry the tuna or fish until it just turns opaque. Set aside. Make the sauce and thicken it. Pour over the fish and serve immediately.

Chicken Rougaille – swap whole chicken thigh fillets for the sausage. Shred and serve with thickened sauce and Lemon Gremolata.

Egg Rougaille – Serve the sauce with free egg (or poached eggs) on top of the sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs or Cilantro Chimichurri.

How To Make Rougaille Sausages: Step-By-Step

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Step 1. Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and Andouille sausage and cook turning occasionally until golden brown on all sides.

Step 2. Remove from the pan and slice into bite-sized pieces.

Step 3. Crush the onion, garlic, and ginger in a mortar and pestle. Add olive oil and mix until it makes a thick paste.

Step 4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions paste, and sausage; cook stirring occasionally until it turns light golden brown.

Step 5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chili, paprika, thyme, salt flakes and black pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until reduced. Divide between serving bowls. Garnish with coriander and serve with your favorite sides.

HOT TIP: If the sauce dries up too much just add a little broth or water to make it as saucy as you like.

Thermomix Method

Thermomix Rougaille Saucisse – jump to full recipe card for how to make this sausage rougail in the Thermomix. I know some users will ask how it tastes and how did it turn out.

This is a recipe that works really well in the Thermomix (or Magimix). I do still brown the onion and sausage in a pan because the size of the bowl is just too small to cope. The sauce thickens lovely and the sausage comes out beautiful and tender when cooked.

Questions & Tips

What to serve with Rougaille Sausages?

Traditionally it is served with rice or lentils. For a low carb option use cauliflower rice. It also pairs well with pickled red onion, fresh herbs, herb sauces like gremolata or chimichurri, garlic yogurt sauce and extra chili if you like it spicy. Use your favorite bread to mop up that amazing sauce too.

Is it really spicy?

This recipe is not spicy (hot). The chili I used is mild. If you like it spicy then add more fresh chili or a touch of cayenne powder.

Storage & Reheating

Storage – Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing – Freeze in an airtight container. This is a great freezer meal perfect for meal planning and bulk meal prepping.

Reheating – defrost overnight in the fridge (if frozen). Reheat on a cooktop or microwave over gentle heat. Add more tomato or a little stock or water if needed.

Rougail sausages in an Asian clay bowl with a grey spoon.

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A large bowl of Creole sausages in tomato sauce on a brown wood cutting board.

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Rougaille Saucisse (Sausage Rougail)

Rougaille Saucisse aka Tomato Creole Sausages is a simple meal with big flavour. Deliciously golden onions, ginger, and garlic drowned in tomatoes and spices with plump sausage for a hearty and easy meal.
5 from 56 votes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Mauritian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 4 serves
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Ingredients

  • 4 pork sausages see notes
  • 1 Andouille sausages or chorizo sausages
  • ½ onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 small piece ginger about 1 teaspoon, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes diced, or 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste/puree 30g
  • 1 small red chili finely chopped, see notes
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or dried
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • Cilantro / coriander or parsley to garnish

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • FRY – Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and Andouille sausage and cook turning occasionally until golden brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool slightly. Pour the fat into a small bowl and set aside.
  • SLICE – cooled sausage into thick bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  • MIX – Crush the onion, garlic, and ginger in a mortar and pestle. Add the oil and mix until it makes a thick paste.
  • FRY – Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion paste, and sausage; cook stirring occasionally until it turns light golden brown.
  • SIMMER – Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chili, paprika, thyme, salt flakes and black pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until reduced. Divide between serving bowls. Garnish with coriander and serve with your favorite sides.

THERMAL METHOD

  • FOLLOW steps 1-2 above.
  • CHOP – Add onion, garlic, ginger, and oil to mixer; chop 4 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat until it's a thick paste.
  • FRY – Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion paste and sausage; cook stirring occasionally until it light golden brown. Remove from the heat.
  • COOK – Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chili, paprika, thyme, salt flakes and black pepper to mixer; chop 5 sec/speed 7. Add the sausage and onions; cook 6 min/100°C/reverse/speed 1/MC off. Divide between serving bowls. Garnish with coriander and serve with your favorite sides.

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Notes

SUBSTITUTES FOR ROUGAILLE SAUCISSE INGREDIENTS
Sausages – Use any sausage you like. Andouille, kransky, or chorizo can be added for more spice and smoky flavour. I use low carb pork or beef sausage. Check the blog post above for substitutes if you prefer not to use sausages.
Tomatoes – use the freshest vine-ripened tomatoes you can find. Substitute chopped tomatoes if you prefer. 
THERMOMIX ROUGAILLE
Rougaille Saussice can be made in a Thermomix. I know we have a lot of Thermomix users and I have included how to make the rougail in the Thermomix. This recipe has been tested with a TM6.
STORAGE
Storage – Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing – Freeze in an airtight container. This is a great freezer meal perfect for meal planning and bulk meal prepping.
Reheating – defrost overnight in the fridge (if frozen). Reheat on a cooktop or microwave over gentle heat. Add more tomato or a little stock or water if needed.
WAYS TO SERVE
Serve with cauliflower rice (or white rice), plenty of fresh herbs, chimichurri, gremolata, pesto and pickled vegetables. I can vouch that it also goes great with melted cheese… haha!
NUTRITION
The nutrition is based on 4 serves using low carb sausages and chorizo. The carb count and calories may be affected by the sausages used.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 921mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1247IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg | Magnesium: 34mg | Net Carbs: 5g
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