Popeye's Pride: Spinach and Sausage Surprise

May  1, 2021
5 Ratings
  • Serves 2-4, depending on accompaniments
Author Notes

Stumped about what to serve when you have low-carb folks to feed? Here is a luxurious low-carb dish that you can proudly serve to everyone at the table. For those not watching their carbs, it's excellent over mashed potatoes. And as an added bonus, it takes under 20 minutes to prepare, start to finish, and contains very few ingredients. Popeye would be proud. —Abra Bennett

What You'll Need
  • 1 large shallot or small onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Italian sausages, I prefer hot but sweet are also delicious
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • a few gratings of fresh nutmeg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 9 oz packets baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper (optional)
  1. In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat the olive oil and sauté the shallot or onion until it is just translucent. Add the sausages by squeezing them out of their casings. They'll be in large blobs, you'll cut them down to bite-sized as they cook. Sauté the sausages bits, chopping lightly with a spatula to get nice small chunks, until golden brown. Add the oregano, nutmeg, and garlic.
  2. Over medium-high heat, add the spinach to the sausage. You may need to add it in batches, covering the pan for a minute or so until each batch wilts. Don't add any water since the spinach contains plenty of its own. When all of the spinach is wilted simmer for a minute or two, uncovered, to blend the flavors.
  3. Add the cream, lower the heat, and simmer until the cream is reduced and forms a sauce that clings to the sausage and spinach. Serve as is to low-carbers, over mashed potatoes to everyone else. I like to add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper but it's entirely optional.
  4. That's all there is to it! It seems too easy to be true, but I think everyone at your table will thank you for this one, even the kids.
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6 Reviews

Carolyn July 11, 2016
HI Abra! Made this for dinner last evening, served it over polenta, loved it! Smiled when I saw your name on the printed recipe - of course it was good!
tjm December 19, 2014
Wow!!! This was really great and easy! Thank you!
Abra B. March 12, 2010
Thanks! Let me know how you like it.
monkeymom March 12, 2010
I'm making this one! Thanks for the recipe.
mrslarkin March 12, 2010
Beautiful! I think I hear angels singing! Thanks for this recipe.
aargersi March 12, 2010
Gorgeous! The dish sounds wonderful and that photo - it looks like it was taken in heaven!