Many years ago I stopped eating pasta. It took me a while to find a good replacement for the TEXTURE of pasta. Please hear me when I shout that! Nothing will completely replace pasta as far as the taste goes. BUT you can replace the texture...kind of.
Of course, cabbage does not taste like pasta but if you could imagine a plate of pasta and meatballs, then you take away the pasta because you want to reduce the carbs, you're left with...meatballs. Now, meatballs are great, but they're not enough. You need some bulk there.
Some companies have created low carb or keto pasta. Good try guys, but they still have a lot of carbs or they are made with low quality ingredients. They are also a processed food.
If you would rather have low carb foods that are a whole food, stick with veggies. No, they're not EXACTLY like pasta but when the scale goes down, when you no longer feel bloated, and when your inflammation decreases, you'll thank me!!
Some options are cabbage, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. I use cabbage or zucchini in soups to replace the noodles.
This recipe calls for sausage. This can absolutely be a "dirty" food. Now listen, if I'm at an event, especially one put on by an Italian, and they have sausage and peppers, I'm diving in!! However, for everyday eating, we want to get the cleanest sausage available. That means organic, no antibiotics or hormones, and most importantly NO SUGAR! Ugh, it drives me crazy that I have to look at an ingredient list on meat!!
I will warn you, most grocery stores don't have any sausage without sugar. You have to look carefully! Believe me, it's worth the effort.
When I make this recipe, I use a big head of cabbage. Remember, I like a lot of bulk in my dishes! For that reason, I use two frying pans when I make this dish and just split everything equally. If you use a smaller head of cabbage or you have a super big frying pan, you may not need to take that extra step.
You can always mix things up and add extra veggies in. In one variation I added some roasted broccoli I made for the hubs. Extra fiber and it gives some added color, as well!
I hope you enjoy this low carb dish! If you do, please let me know and remember, sharing is caring!!
The nutrition facts are only an estimate and will change based on the sausage brand you choose.
This recipe makes four servings. Cal: 264, Fat: 16g, Protein: 17g, Net carbs: 10g