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Jan 02, 2022 2 min read

This is a fabulous way to get your vegetables without even noticing the assortment you are getting. With smoked sausage, Italian herbs, and fresh garlic, this recipe tastes amazing. And with Great Low-Carb Pasta - Penne, it is low enough in carbs to fit into a keto or low-carb weight loss diet.

It can be a quick dinner on busy weeknights, but it is definitely suitable for company. And if there are leftovers, so much the better! It is a balanced meal, with healthy fats from olive oil. The sausage and vegetables add protein and fiber, and Great Low-Carb Pasta - Penne adds another 18 grams of dietary fiber and 12 grams of protein per serving.

This recipe is delicious and easy as it stands, but you can vary it according to your needs and tastes. Here are some examples.

  • Use low-fat turkey sausage instead of pork or beef sausage to slash saturated fat and calories.
  • Use meatless sausage instead of smoked sausage to avoid nitrates and cholesterol.
  • Add or swap any types of vegetables, such as broccoli florets, green, yellow, or orange bell peppers, or thinly sliced carrots.
  • Add a dash of red pepper flakes for heat.
  • Load up on garlic by adding 2 extra cloves, peeled and sliced.
  • Stir in kale or spinach when adding the pasta. It will wilt into the dish!

Recipe for

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Great Low-Carb Pasta - Penne
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of smoked sausage
  • 1 8-ounce package of sliced button or baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 small onion or ½ of a large onion, cut in half and then sliced into semi-circles
  • 1 small zucchini or yellow summer squash, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Juice from half of a small lemon, or 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces (½ cup) of grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional toppings and garnishes, such as fresh parsley or basil, extra parmesan cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, or walnut halves.

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Great Low-Carb Pasta - Penne according to the directions on the package. Boil water, add the pasta, and cook it for 8 to 10 minutes or until just barely al dente. Drain the penne and set it aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Meanwhile, cut the sausage into slices about ⅓ to ½-inch thick. When the oil is hot, add the sausage, mushrooms, onion, red bell pepper, zucchini, and garlic. Stir, and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant and the vegetables release their juices.
  3. When the vegetables are tender, add the pasta, basil, oregano, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Toss to coat the pasta and heat thoroughly. Add salt and black pepper to taste, and add more lemon juice if desired. Remove from heat.
  4. Plate the pasta and top with parmesan cheese. Add any additional toppings or garnishes, such as fresh parsley or basil, extra parmesan or cheddar cheese, or walnuts. Serve and enjoy!
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