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This Easy Sausage and Cabbage Skillet is my go to quick, easy and healthy weeknight dinner!  Low Carb, Gluten Free, Whole 30, Paleo and all made in one pan – with minimal prep and easy cleanup!

This Sausage and Cabbage Skillet has been on a weekly rotation in our house for the last few weeks.  I didn’t even mean to develop this for the blog, this was born out of pure necessity.  That necessity being – I need a quick dinner that is also healthy and requires minimum effort.  Anyone ever had that need before?

This is similar to my One Pot Paleo Sausage and Slaw Skillet except I’m pretty sure it is even easier.  Plus I like that the sausage is crumbled and evenly distributed though the dish.  I again turned to my weeknight dinner saver – bagged slaw.  You can of course slice up your own cabbage/kale mix if you want, but using a precut bagged slaw just cuts down on a little prep time.  Lazy?  Possibly, but if it gets dinner on the table faster and with less clean up I think it is worth it.

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Other than this Sausage and Cabbage Skillet being quick, flavorful and low carb, I love that it makes a huge serving!  And you can make even more by bulking up the veggies.  Not only that, but it’s all made in one pot.  So you are spending less time making dinner and less time cleaning up!  What more could you want?

If you want to reduce the calories more, using turkey or chicken sausage would work just as well here.  I like using hot Italian sausage because it adds great flavor, but if you prefer mild that would work too.  What are your favorite dinner shortcuts?


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Sausage and Cabbage Skillet

4.93 from 13 votes
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
This Easy Sausage and Cabbage Skillet is my go to quick, easy and healthy weeknight dinner!  Low Carb, Gluten Free, Whole 30, Paleo and all made in one pan - with minimal prep and easy cleanup!


  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage   for paleo/whole30 be sure to read ingredients to determine if they are compliant
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or oil of choice
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 bag of slaw with kale cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli slaw (such as Cruciferous Crunch from Trader Joe's or Sweet Kale Salad from Costco/Kroger OR slice your own mix) about 10 ounces or 6 cups
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • In a high sided saute pan over medium high heat, brown the sausage until cooked through.  Remove from pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Once hot, add the onions and season with a little salt.   Cook for 5-10 minutes, until softened and golden.
  • Add the garlic and spices, cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the cabbage/kale slaw to the pan. The pan will be very full at first, carefully mix the slaw in and it will start to wilt and reduce in volume. You my need to add it in a few batches. Continue to stir, until everything is combined and slaw is wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sausage back to the pan, stir to combine.  Cook for another minute or two, until sausage is warmed.  Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.  Serve.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Hello! I’m Meghan.

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  1. I made this last night and it was fantastic. I used chicken apple sausage, which really went great. My fiance loved it too. I ended up eating more than I intended! I served it with some crusty sourdough with mustard.

  2. 5 stars
    This is delicious! And easy. I had cabbage and broccoli on hand so I didn’t use a bagged mix. Served it with rice. The whole family loved it.

  3. I added mixed salad peppers with the onions and used half sausage a d half ground beef. I also added 8 oz can of tomato sauce at the end. Deliciou! It also occurred to me that mushrooms would be good and/or cheese on top.

  4. This was wonderful! My whole family loves it! By chance does anyone have the nutrition breakdown on this?

    1. Hi Olivia – Yay, so glad your family loved it! I don’t currently have the nutrition info up for this, but there are a few good, free nutritional calculators out there that you can use to get that info really quickly. Many readers use My fitness pal or the Lose it! app. Hope that helps!

  5. 5 stars
    I was wondering if you would know what the calories would be in this dish? I made this last week and it was so good, I’m making it again tonight! I would like to log this meal in My fitness pal… so I can keep track of my calories, since I’ll be making this more than once! 😃

    If you could help out that would be great!!!

    ✌️ Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah – I’m so glad you love the recipe! I don’t currently have nutritional info on the site, but my fitness pal has a cool feature where you can enter a recipe and the serving size and it will give you a calorie estimate. You can sometimes even just copy and paste the ingredients to make it super fast and easy. And you can do it for all of the meals you make at home so that you can keep track of them all. It is usually more accurate because you can enter the exact brands and amounts of ingredients that you use. Hope that helps!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! We made it a few weeks ago and loved that it was simple and yet very flavorful and healthy 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    This looks like a great dinner choice! I love how you describe putting recipe together, as I get a very clear image of just how to make it work! I know it will be a hit at our table~~thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    I am soooo trying this! It looks delicious and using lean pork mince with some added spices (you don’t really get ground italian sausage in the UK, at least I’ve never found it) it’s like 3 smart points a serving on Weight Watchers! I am so down! (for any WW followers who read this message, note I don’t count olive oil as points unless my weight loss plateaus just FYI haha!)

    And you gotta love than one pan life!

  9. 5 stars
    Ok, only one memeber of my household does not like cabbage – this is going on the menu next time she is invited to a friends for tea – lovely.

  10. Holy delicious. I’m one of those total weirdos who is kind of obsessed with cabbage in the first place, but when I see recipes like this I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t be! Looks amaze.

    1. Thank you Karly! Yes, I love cabbage too! I think most people that dislike it have only ever had it overcooked or something. It can be so good!