Feeling lazy? Make this sausage casserole in minutes! Seriously.
I was trying to figure out what to do with spinach that was beginning to wilt. I'd thawed some Italian sausages the day before and there was a heel of mozzarella kicking around that had to be used up.
What to do? Throw it all together and see what happens. I don't think I could have planned it to be so darn good! Here's what I did to make this layered sausage casserole.
Makes 5 servings
6.6 Carb Grams
1.2 Fiber Grams
5.4 Net Carbs
30.8 Fat Grams
26.23 Grams Protein
4 Italian sausages (no sugar, no wheat crumbs)
1/2 cup chopped cooked spinach, drained and squeezed dry
2 cups marinara sauce (no sugar added)
1-1/2 cup shredded full fat mozzarella
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
Cut the sausages into 1-inch pieces. You should get about 6 pieces from each sausage. Arrange the sausages on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
In a 2.75 quart or 9 x 7-1/2" glass baking dish, spread about a 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce over the bottom.
Take half of the cooked spinach and distribute it evenly over the sauce.
When the sausage pieces are ready, add them to the dish in one layer.
Add 1/2 the remaining mozzarella.
The add 1/2 the remaining sauce.
Top with remaining spinach and sprinkle with half the Parmesan.
Add the remaining mozzarella and cover with the rest of the sauce then top with the remaining Parmesan.
Bake at 375F for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to set for 5-10 minutes.
This would be really good over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. Or served with a simple garden salad.
You could try using chicken or turkey sausages for a different taste. Just be sure they are free of sugar and wheat crumbs or other fillers.
The addition of hot pepper flakes would be awesome if you used mild sausages.
If you can tolerate more carbs, then add fried, sliced mushrooms and onions to the marinara sauce.
If you want to, you could double this recipe and serve your friends who are not low carbers some pasta on the side! It's delicious no matter how you serve it! Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
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