Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cabbage Ribbons with Sausage and Thyme Marinara Sauce

Cabbage Ribbons with Sausage and Thyme Marinara Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

My husband was home for lunch the other day; so I decided to try a very simple cabbage and sausage combination that I had been thinking about for a while. I still had cabbage left from the soup last week and this was the perfect use for the rest of it.

This meal turned out so well; my kids even gave it a thumbs up, cabbage and all. My oldest son has already requested it again too!

Cabbage Ribbons with Sausage and Thyme Marinara Sauce
(printable recipe)

1/2 lb hot Italian sausage
1/2 head of cabbage, sliced into thin ribbons
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1/2 tablespoon of fresh thyme
28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, no additional seasonings added

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble the sausage. Add the cabbage to the skillet, toss to combine and splash just a bit of water onto it, maybe 1-2 tablespoons. Cover with lid and let cook over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, until it is just barely wilted.

While the sausage and cabbage are cooking, start the sauce. This recipe will make TWICE the amount of sauce you will need. Save the extra sauce to use later. In a cold saucepan, combine the oil, garlic, salt, pepper flakes and thyme. Turn on the heat to medium and saute just until fragrant. This should take less than a minute. Add the tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the cabbage is warm and barely softened, top individual servings with the marinara sauce and toss to combine. Enjoy!


Cabbage Ribbons with Sausage and Thyme Marinara Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


17 comments:

  1. This looks great! I am going to try this out since we are trying to avoid pasta!

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  2. Oh, I love this idea! Another non-pasta option besides spaghetti squash :)

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  3. The colors are so festive, I guess that's partly due to not overcooking the cabbage.

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  4. I have never thought of serving cabbage like this. Great idea, especially when I have a whole head of cabbage and can't think of a new way to serve it.

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  5. Impressive that you got your kids to eat cabbage.. I can't even get Chris to eat it! lol Looks delicious, Mary!

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  6. This does look like te perfect cold weather lunch or dinner. I've never thought of serving the cabbage this way but I LOVE this idea!

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  7. This looks so good. I'm gonna give it a go as I too have extra cabbage this week. But let's tell the truth, you just wanted another reason to enjoy that marinara :) Have a great day Mary!

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  8. Nice, good idea for extra cabbage!

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  9. I've never had a dish like this before. It looks and sounds really delicious.

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  10. Well, if the kids want it again, it's a winner, right?

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  11. I love the color to this dish. It sounds delicious.

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  12. This dish is a yummy and healthy combination.

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  13. I love the idea to use cabbage instead of pasta, very healthy and tasty!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  14. It seems kind of an odd combination but in a good way.

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  15. Kind of like unstuffed cabbage rolls - which is a favorite dish of mine. What a great idea!

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  16. Did anyone actually TRY it?

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