This One Pot Paleo Sausage and Slaw Skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner! A little shortcut makes it super quick and easy, plus it is paleo, whole 30, gluten free and low carb.
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I invented the perfect weeknight dinner. There is a little shortcut that will make prep a breeze. It takes about 20 minutes to cook. It’s paleo, Whole 30, gluten-free and low carb. Plus it is all cooked in one pot, so you only have ONE dish to clean. Toot toot.
So what is this shortcut, you ask? It is a store-bought, bagged slaw mix. I know! Ok, so you all know that normally I am all about making everything from scratch, but this is one of those little hacks that just makes the meal SO much easier, and all you are really doing is letting someone else do the chopping for you. Honestly, my least favorite part of cooking is chopping things. Well that and dishes. This is why I love this One Pot Paleo Sausage and Slaw Skillet – because you get to do less of both! For the bagged slaw, I bought one with kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli slaw. You can find it at Trader Joe’s labeled “Cruciferous Crunch“, and there are similar bagged salads at Costco and Kroger owned stores. The bagged salads sometimes come with toppings and dressings for the salad, but I just removed those and saved for another use.
The only chopping that needs to be done here is the onion and bell pepper, which takes just a minute or two. I used a red onion in the photos because that was all I had, but I do like the sweetness that a sweet onion lends to the mix. Then the sausages get a little simmer before browning to make cooking them easier. If you are paleo/whole 30 be sure that the sausages and oil you use are compliant. After the sausages are browned, we saute the veggies in the same pan, add some spices and we are done! Normally after cooking a meal for the blog (or even not for the blog, to be honest) my kitchen is a disaster, but not this time!
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One Pot Paleo Sausage and Slaw Skillet
- 4 hot Italian sausage links uncooked, 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 red bell pepper 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 ) about 10 ounces or 6 cups.
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional, or to taste
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- In a high sided sauté pan, add enough water to submerge the sausages. Bring the water to a boil and then turn off the heat. Add the sausages to the water and cover. Allow to sit for 7 minutes. Drain water and then brown sausages. You may need to add a tiny bit of oil to the pan if they are sticking.
- Once sausages are browned and reach an internal temperature of 165°F, 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 about 2 minutes, then add the bell pepper and cook for another 2 minutes, until onion and bell pepper have softened. Add the garlic and spices, cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Add the 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. Continue to stir, until everything is combined and slaw is wilted, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
- Add the sausages back to the pan, stirring slaw as needed, until sausages are warmed. Serve right away.
I served these in the cute mini skillets that you see in the photos, but they meal was all cooked in one large pan.
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Carmela McCleary says
I have not made it yet but I have never cooked sausage like this before? Why not broil in oven? (just to keep it to one skillet)? I am going to try and see how it goes…
Hi Carmela – it’s just another cooking method and it keeps it all in one skillet. You can broil them in the oven if you prefer!
D Peterson says
Are coconut aminos ok on the squeaky clean challenge regimen?
Hi! I’m not familiar with that challenge, but this recipe doesn’t call for coconut aminos.
Sarah d says
Just made this and it was delicious. My family doesn’t like too much spice so I used sweet Apple chicken sausage in it, and a tiny pinch of cayenne. Yum!
Hi Sarah – yay, I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it!
Jennifer A Stewart says
I love Trader Joe’s and their salad sacks. Such a great variety! Also my kitchen is a mess after I make a glass of water. The fewer dishes the better!! Can’t wait to make this for dinner this week!
I saw this last week and knew I had to make it. My hubs absolutely LOVED it, the fact that it was so lo carb but packed full of healthy proteins (I used a chicken italian sausageO it completely fit our “making better choices” diet plan. It was so good, Im making it again this week!
Yay! I’m so glad to hear that Michele!
Lynn | The Road to Honey says
There isn’t anything wrong with saving time by buying a little bagged slaw every now and then. No one would ever know that you didn’t do the chopping yourself. And really does that even matter in this busy day and age. As a matter of fact, I think most people would consider that the smart thing to do. Regardless, what really matters is that the meal is healthy and tasty.
The Mr. and I workout a lot so we are always on the lookout for healthy, lo carb meals. We often cook Paleo but lately the Mr. seems to roll his eyes any time Paleo is mentioned. I’m pretty sure he would gobble this protein packed meal up without a complaint in sight.
Thanks Lynn! Eating healthy can be so hard sometimes, I hope this one will be “hubs approved”!
Dini @ The Flavor Bender says
I am all over these skillets!! They look amazing! This is our kind of dinner too 🙂 Sausages and Veggies is the perfect balanced meal.
Thanks so much Dini!
Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says
This looks so delicious Meghan, I want it for dinner tonight. and tomorrow! And I am all about short cuts that make dinner quicker!!
Thanks so much Michelle!
I love one pot weeknight meals, and this looks delicious and healthy! I’m not one to use shortcuts either, but bagged slaw is regularly in my refrigerator for things like tacos. Great hack, and one I’d certainly not hesitate to use!
Thanks Tamara! Any time I can reduce the amount of chopping I need to do 🙂
Jane Saunders says
I could do with this meal tonight – literally no time to cook in between school parents evening & ballet classes. I’m sitting here having a minor panic. However, this is so easy I think I could leave my husband and older daughter in charge of cooking tea. It’s a great combination of flavours and textures too.
Gah, you are juggling so much! This dinner is perfect for you Jane!
This looks like a great meal for any time of the year. I love that there isn’t much of a clean up too!
That is my favorite part too! Thanks Julie!
So delicious, I love the combination of cabbage and sausage, it is so comforting. And I love those little pans, I have the big one, but I’d like to have some small ones as well, they look so sweet.
Thanks so much Adina! I can’t resist the pans either, they are too cute! I just served them in the little pans, the actual meal was all prepared in one large pan.
Jess @ Sweetest Menu says
Oooh one pot dinners are the best! I just love that you served this beauty in a skillet – what a brilliant idea!
Thanks so much lady!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
Looks delicious! I love quick weeknight meals and those premade slaw mixes are awesome. Such a time saver and you can get all kinds of varieties now. Plus, anything cooked in those little skillets are gonna taste the bomb anyway. They are just adorable!!
A shortcut is so welcome now and then, right!?! Thanks Dawn.
This looks seriously delicious. I love sausages, but don’t make them too often these days. I just can’t seem to help myself so it always turns into a calorie bomb kinda serving size lol. I too buy the chopped cabbage mix sometimes. It also helps me waste less cabbage… I inevitably end up throwing out leftover cabbage when I buy a whole head of it.
Right! I do the same thing with cabbage! Thanks Natasha!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
absolutely genius shortcut! This is a recipe I can see myself eating once a week atleast.
Thanks so much Nicole!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
I am all in for one pot easy peasy dinner meals. Even though it’s not even lunch-time here, but I am hungry for dinner after seeing this paleo sausage with slaw skillet. 😉 Wish I could have this for dinner tonight.
Thanks so much Anu – easy dinners are the best!
Tracy | Baking Mischief says
I am all about one pot meals. Love that you made this even easier and eliminated most of the cutting! And that slaw. Seriously delicious. Pinning!
Thank you so much Tracy!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Guuuurl I buy bagged slaw mix all the time! Ain’t no shame in my game! I mean, sure I make my own slaw too, but when in a pinch, bagged slaw is my go-to. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, right? 😉 Anyways, LOVE this skillet! Sausage and slaw in ONE pot?! Hello weeknight dinner winning! AND this scrumptiousness is packed with so much flava! SO GOOD! Cheers, girlie!
Thanks so much friend! Those little shortcuts are life savers sometimes!
Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix says
I LOVE using those bagged slaws in meals like this, what a time saver! This looks so easy and fantastic, Meghan! I know my husband would love it too. You should definitely be tooting that horn, girl 😉
Oh man, those bagged slaws are so helpful to cut down on prep! Thanks friend!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Um… I’m pretty sure you should toot your own horn all the time–especially when it comes to dinner. Girl, you know you’re the Dinner Queen! Hands down, your specialty is making a super impressive dinner with simple, straightforward steps that anyone can follow. Just sayin’. 😉 Love that you included a meal hack too! Honestly, some of us need help in the quick dinner prep department. This looks awesome, Meghan! P.S. How many times did I just day “dinner”? I’m SOO hungry now. Lol
Haha, dinner on the brain! Thanks so much Demeter, you always say the sweetest things!
J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all says
This looks amazing right now! It’s perfect for a fall weekend! YUM!
Thank you so much J!