time for thyme

Stuffed Italian Sausage: Neato, Keto, Buon Appetito!

When you’re craving some Italian flavor but not all the carbs that come with a traditional pasta dish, reach for this tasty stuffed Italian sausage recipe. Even with a side of veggie noodles, it is so easy to prepare and so flavorful that your taste buds will be just as satisfied as your tummy in no time.


For more info about low-carbohydrate eating, see our post on Carbs & Keto


Ingredients
2 Italian Sausages
Butternut Squash “Noodles” (raw, about 2-3 cups)
2 Cloves Garlic
Olive Oil
Mozzarella cheese
Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
Thyme (Preferably Fresh but dried will do, too!)
Sumac
Salt
Pepper
Butter

Directions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine your butternut squash and minced garlic, along with small handful of pepitas, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil (~1 tbsp). *Here we are using “pre-noodled” squash, but feel free to grate your own ahead of time.
  • Give those ingredients a quick stir to coat the squash noodles. Then set aside to marinate while you prep the sausages.
  • Remove casings and slit each sausage lengthwise, then lay them open.
  • Sprinkle the insides with a bit of salt and pepper (but be careful not to over-salt if the sausage comes pre-seasoned).
  • Add the mozzarella cheese. *We’ve sliced ours, but shredded would work, too.
  • Now it is time for thyme! Remove from the stems and add on top of the cheese.
  • Additionally, add a some dried, ground sumac to each sausage, as well as a light touch of olive oil.
  • Pinch each sausage closed.
  • Coat the bottom of a medium sauce pan with about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Toss in the squash noodles, cover, and set on the stove at medium heat.
  • Melt 1 tbsp butter in a skillet, then add your sausages.
  • Cook these over med-high heat for 10-15 minutes, gently flipping several times to ensure all sides are cooked evenly. While you’re at it, give those noodles a gentle flip, too.
  • Remove all food from heat. Lay the cooked stuffed Italian sausages on paper towels to drain off any excess oil.
  • Pair with a glass of wine, plate and enjoy!

Buon Appetito!

Wine Recommendations

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Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay

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La Crema Pinot Noir

La Crema Sonoma Pinot Noir

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