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Fantastic Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Linguica

Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Linguica

Easy Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with cabbage noodles is ready to eat in about 30 minutes!

I like to add browned linguica pieces to the Keto spaghetti meat sauce because I love linguica, and it adds such a wonderful flavor to the keto spaghetti sauce. 

Meats Used in This Low Carb Spaghetti Recipe

The recipe calls for one pound of ground sausage and one pound of linguica, but you can use whatever meats you prefer.  Some options include:

  • Ground beef – browned
  • Ground sausage – hot, regular or mild and browned
  • Linguica – chopped into bite-sized pieces and browned
  • Italian sausage links – browned and sliced or chopped
  • Italian sausage bulk – browned
  • Chicken sausages – browned and sliced or chopped
  • County sausage – browned
  • Pepperoni – chopped or sliced
  • Meatballs – cooked
  • Bacon – diced and cooked
  • Leftover smoked meats – chopped
  • Leftover cooked breakfast sausages

Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce Ingredients

  • Ground sausage – I use Jimmy Dean Hot
  • Linguica – Silva is my favorite brand
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Canned crushed tomatoes
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Parsley
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Swerve (or your favorite sugar replacement)
  • Pepper flakes
  • One head of cabbage


How to Make Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Cabbage Noodles

Take the linguica out of the packaging.

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Chop Linguica into bite-sized pieces. 

Please excuse my cutting board; it’s seen better days.  I can only imagine how much chopping action this baby has seen.

chop linguica sausage

Brown linguica pieces in a large skillet – you will be using this skillet for the keto meat sauce. 

brown linguica pieces

Then the linguica is nice and browned, remove it to a bowl lined with paper towels to drain.  The burnt brown pieces are the best!

drain browned linguica

Now it’s time to brown the sausage in the same pan you cooked the linguica in.

cook sausage

Brown sausage and then add chopped onion.  If you have a bunch of grease from the sausage, you should drain it before adding the onion.  My sausage didn’t have much fat.

add chopped onion to sausage

Cook until onion is translucent.  Then add minced garlic

This is the garlic I use in almost all recipes.  Since switching to ready-to-go minced garlic, I have upped my garlic consumption.  I used to think the ready-to-go garlic in a jar was for lazy people and that it would taste weird, and it is neither. 

The convenience of ready-to-go minced garlic is worth the expense!  I think buying garlic in the jar may be cheaper than purchasing fresh, especially when you factor in the rotten cloves and waste.  I

I’ll never go back to peeling fresh garlic. I no longer dread peeling fresh garlic because those days are long gone.  If you haven’t tried jarred minced garlic, free yourself and give it a try.  

add garlic to browned sausage

Cook for 2-3 minutes.  The garlic will smell wonderful.  Next, add spices, crushed tomatoes, and browned linguica.

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Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.  Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.  

While sauce simmers, prepare the cabbage.  Start by coring the cabbage. Next, cut the cabbage in half and then cut the core out.

keto spaghetti core cabbage

Now chop or slice the cabbage into bite-sized pieces.  I like the parts to be sort of thick like below.

chop cabbage spaghetti

After 10 minutes, the spaghetti meat sauce should look similar to the image below.

best keto spaghetti sauce recipe

Add in HALF the chopped cabbage.  Let the cabbage cook down a little, lose some volume, and add the other half.  If you have a huge pan, you may add all the cabbage at once.

keto cabbage spaghetti

Here’s what it’ll look like after a few minutes.

low carb spaghetti sauce recipe with cabbage noodles

Add the other half of the cabbage (or as much as you can).

keto spaghetti recipe with cabbage

This is the Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Cabbage Noodles after simmering 10 minutes.  The spaghetti meat sauce covers the cabbage “noodles,” and the combination is terrific.  Top the dish with some grated parmesan cheese. 

Serve with a side salad and The Best Italian Salad Dressing, and you have a fantastic dinner!

low carb spaghetti sauce cabbage noodles

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Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Linguica

Easy Keto Spaghetti Meat Sauce with Linguica

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Low Carb Spaghetti meat sauce with cabbage noodles ready in 30 minutes!


  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 pound linguica
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 onion - minced
  • 1 - 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Swerve granular
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 head cabbage - sliced


  1. Chop linguica into bite-sized pieces and brown in a large skillet. Remove to a paper towel-lined bowl.
  2. In the same large skillet, add sausage and brown.
  3. Add in chopped onion and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and cook for one or two minutes.
  5. Add remaining ingredients (except cabbage). Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer. Simmer 10 minutes.
  6. While sauce simmers, prepare cabbage. Core cabbage and then slice.
  7. After 10 minutes of simmering sauce and in half the cabbage. Cook a few minutes and then add as much of the remaining cabbage as you can. When all the cabbage is added, simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Taste for salt.
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Is Linguica Keto Friendly

Yes, linguica is Keto friendly! One serving of linguica has less than one carb.

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