Sweet Italian Sausage Red Cabbage and Carrot on a plate

Easy Homemade Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

Sweet Italian Sausage Red Cabbage and Carrot on a plate
Sweet Italian Sausage Red Cabbage and Carrot

Try this flavorful, colorful dish with simple ingredients like ground sweet Italian sausage, red cabbage, and carrots.

Experimenting in the Kitchen

Sometimes it’s a last minute scramble to figure out what to cook for dinner. Recently, I discovered a new organic store to shop at. What drew me to this store is that it’s sort of a chain, but not. Plus it brings in lots of local produce and products. Interestingly, they happen to carry honey that’s produced by the beekeeper we got our bees from. (Now, I just realized I’ve never mentioned our bees on this blog before!) 

Anyway, I bought a whole bunch of produce from potatoes to red cabbage and green onions, just to name a few.  Naturally, I jump on Pinterest to try to find a recipe, but no dice. It was interesting but I couldn’t find anything, which rarely happens. Obviously I wanted to cook what I had on hand. So this concoction of sausage, red cabbage, and carrot dish was born to make a really colorful dish.

Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

This dish is an interesting combination since it uses ground sweet Italian sausage, which is the star and focus. The key to the dish is actually the sweet Italian sausage since it supports the dish with a lot of flavor. I get our ground sausage from Butcher Box, which is seasoned with salt, spices (like fennel, pepper), and paprika. If you don’t have access to Butcher Box, you can definitely incorporate these spices while cooking the sausage.

Cooking sweet Italian sausage, red cabbage, and green onions in a frying pan.
Cooking sweet Italian sausage, red cabbage, and green onions in a frying pan.

Ingredients for This Cabbage and Sausage Recipe

  • Ground sweet Italian sausage
  • Red cabbage, chopped
  • Green Onions, chopped
  • Carrots, grated in strips
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Chicken broth, 1/2 cup
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Fennel

Tools You’ll Need

  • large frying pan
  • wooden spatula/spoon

Step-by-Step: Cooking the Recipe

  1. Over medium heat, start by browning the sausage. If the sausage isn’t already seasoned, add them in. This dish works well with pepper, salt, paprika, and fennel.
  2. After the sausage has browned, add in the cabbage, chicken broth, and splash of rice vinegar. Cook until cabbage has softened and sausage is fully cooked.
  3. Next, add the green onions. Lightly sauté them.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Top with grated carrots.

Can I Use Frozen vegetables?

I would use all fresh ingredients for this recipe. 

I don’t have rice vinegar. What can I use?

If you don’t have rice vinegar on-hand, you can substitute it with the following: white wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, sherry vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar, and white wine.

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