Sausage, Sauerkraut & Mushroom Pasta

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Living low carb is a rewarding lifestyle, at least for me but it comes with a few sacrifices and pasta is one of them.  Now, I’m not a big pasta fan, but every once in a while, it just hits the spot!

This low carb pasta dish is a spin on a recipe, called lazy pierogi, that I was introduced to in my early twenties after my mother married into a polish family.  I loved the combination of flavors in this light dish complete with smoked sausage (or chicken), sauerkraut, mushrooms and pasta. It has a very light sauce that I only later found out was cream of mushroom.  Yum!

Now for those you who want to tell me that pasta has no place in polishes dishes, I get it!  I can only tell you that this was how I was introduced to this delicious recipe.

Challenges with creating this low carb pasta dish

There were two challenges with recreating this dish.  The first was the pasta, of course! While I cook quite a bit, my day job doesn’t typically allow for the time it takes to makes a good, homemade low carb pasta.  How did I solve for this? I discovered the Explore Cuisine line of whole food pastas.  I wouldn’t consider all them to be “low carb” but the black bean product is only 10 net carbs for a 2 oz serving and is AMAZING!  By the way, 2 oz is a very large serving, in my opinion. It has a very mild taste.  I even tested it on my mother, who hates black beans and she loved it!

Overcoming the second hurdle was a bit more challenging.  It’s not hard to make a good low carb, gluten free (which is a must in my house) mushroom sauce, but, again, time is not always on my side.  After reviewing and testing several packaged options I landed on Pioneer’s gluten free brown gravy thinking that by adding a good organic sour cream, I would lighten the flavor to make it come out more like a mushroom sauce.  I hit the jackpot and the rest, as they say, is history!

Sausage, sauerkraut & mushroom low carb pasta dish

There are so many options for enhancing the flavor of this low carb pasta dish including adding  onion, garlic and a multitude of veggies like green beans or spinach. Feel free to experiment while keeping in that modifying the recipe will change it’s nutritional content.  

Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • Polish kielbasa - 2, 16 oz packages.  I use Simple Truth brand
    Explore Cuisine Black Bean Pasta - 4 oz (½ box)
  • Brown gravy mix - 1 ⅛ cup prepared - I use Pioneer brand
  • Fresh mushrooms sliced - 8 oz package
  • Sauerkraut - 14 fluid oz - I use Silver Fleece
  • Grass fed butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Organic sour cream - ¾ cup
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Bring medium pot of water to boil
  • Add black bean pasta and cook according to the package directions (5-7) minutes.
  • Drain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process
Sausage, mushrooms & sauerkraut:
  • Slice polish sausage into ½ pieces
  • Melt butter in large saute pan on medium heat
  • Lightly rinse sauerkraut, if desired
  • Add sausage to butter over medium to high heat until browned to taste
  • Rinse & dry mushrooms
  • Add sauerkraut to the sausage and brown
  • Include mushrooms towards the end to cook down slightly
  • Remove from heat
  • In separate pan prepare the brown gravy mix
  • Stir in sour cream
Putting it all together:
  • In large casserole or pan stir together pasta & sausage mixture
  • Pour sauce over the combination, stirring gently to blend until creamy
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts:

These nutritional facts are estimated based on the specific ingredients I used and will vary if any are substituted.  I like to use the MyFitnessPal app to get an accurate reading on macro and calorie count.  I have dozens of recipes created with this information. What a great tool!

Check out another fan favorite, the best low carb sugar cookie recipe.


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Take care and, as always, stay healthy!


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