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Jan 22, 2022 2 min read

Are you ready to hit all of the comfort food trigger points while staying on your low-carb diet? Give this recipe a try! This one-pot cheesy sausage penne pasta recipe has creamy cheese, savory sausage, and plentiful pasta. And it is low in carbs and easy to make! 

The trick is to use ThinSlim Foods Impastable Low Carb Pasta - Penne, which has only 8 grams of net carbohydrates and 55 calories per serving. The other ingredients come together to give you an unbelievable taste experience.

This recipe is delicious as written, but you can definitely tweak it to match your taste buds and dietary needs! These are some ideas.

  • You can decide whether to use mild or spicy Italian sausage. To add even more heat, you can add red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Any kind of shredded hard cheese works well instead of a cheddar jack blend. Cheddar, swiss, and pepper jack are all good choices. Parmesan is a nice choice for the topping.
  • If you want to reduce the calories and fat in the recipe, try using low-fat turkey or vegetarian soy sausage and low-fat or fat-free cheese.
  • You can add extra vegetables when you cook the onion and carrot.

This recipe is a good one-pot meal, but you can also serve it with a salad or some fresh fruit.

Recipe for Low-Carb One-Pot Cheesy Penne with Italian Sausage

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of ThinSlim Foods Impastable Low Carb Pasta - Penne
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced 
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup of grated carrot
  • 12 ounces of Italian sausage
  • 1 14-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, or to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste 
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) of shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh basil, toasted sliced almonds

Instructions:

  1. Make the ThinSlim Foods Impastable Low Carb Pasta - Penne according to the instructions on the package. Boil water, add the pasta, and cook until nearly al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until it starts to become fragrant. Add the onion and shredded carrot. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until they begin to soften.
  3. Remove the casing from the sausage and cut it into pieces. Add the sausage to the pot and cook it for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it browns. As it cooks, break it into smaller pieces. 
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and chicken broth to the pot. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine everything. Bring the pot to a boil and lower it to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the spinach leaves and add the pasta. Stir to combine and turn off the heat. Add the cheese.
  6. Plate the pasta and top with optional toppings, such as fresh basil or toasted sliced almonds.
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