This easy smoked sausage casserole is the perfect comfort food. Just pop everything into your slow cooker and in a few hours, you have a hearty side dish or a full keto meal. This post is sponsored by Cabot Creamery.
I have a problem and this cheesy keto smoked sausage casserole is the perfect solution.
Every year, right around this time, I get really caught up in creating delicious holiday recipes. So caught up, in fact, that I forget about feeding my family.
Wait, you mean they can’t just live off of keto Christmas cookies for a few months? They need some real food too?
Okay, fine! Let’s just throw some cauliflower, chopped kielbasa, and some Cabot cheddar in the slow cooker and call it dinner. Now that’s a very good idea indeed!
Easy Dinner Inspiration
I think it’s safe to say we can all use more easy keto dinner recipes during the holiday season. We’re all running around, prepping our Thanksgiving meals and shopping for loved ones. All while juggling work and family and other obligations.
So a meal that practically cooks itself while you attend to other things? That’s absolutely priceless.
Slow cooker smoked sausage casserole fits the bill perfectly. It’s what I like to call a “dump-and-run” recipe. Dump everything into your slow cooker, stir together, and walk away. That’s all you need to do.
Cabot for flavor!
I make no bones about my love for Cabot cheddar. It is unparalleled for flavor, in my opinion, and I use it in everything from keto drop biscuits to keto cheese crackers.
Their cheddar wins awards every year in all sorts of categories. But as anyone who has lived in the New England area knows, they are an exceptional company in a multitude of ways. As a cooperative, they are member-owned and member-controlled, so the farmers benefit directly.
They also give back to the communities, and promote programs for volunteerism, fundraising, non-profits, and health and wellness.
Is that why the cheese tastes so good? I can’t say for sure but I have my suspicions!
How to make cheesy smoked sausage casserole
- Chop the cauliflower into small pieces. I recommend less than 1 inch, which helps it cook through faster and more evenly.
- Check the label on the smoked sausage. Some brands add a startling amount of sugar to kielbasa and other smoked sausage, but it really doesn’t need it. Look for sausage that has less than 2g of carbs per serving.
- Use good sharp cheddar. Have I mentioned that I love Cabot???
- Toss everything together. Once you add all the ingredients into the slow cooker, give it a stir to mix it up.
- Cook on low. It should only take 3 hours or so for the cauliflower to become tender.
- Thicken the sauce. Since the cauliflower releases a fair bit of liquid, you can whisk in some glucomannan to thicken the sauce a bit. But this step is optional and it tastes delicious either way!
- Add more cheddar at the end. You could mix in all the cheddar at the beginning but I love a delicious coating of gooey, melted cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can but pressure cookers tend to force vegetables like cauliflower to release a lot of excess moisture. To avoid this casserole being too soupy, I recommend on cutting the sour cream in half and being ready to add more glucomannan.
Sure! Any pre-cooked sausage would be great, as would cooked chicken. I recommend pre-cooked for both ease and food safety, but you can always cook it yourself before making the casserole.
I don’t recommend frozen cauliflower for this recipe. The freezing and thawing process makes the cauliflower more mushy.
I haven’t tried this recipe with anything else but broccoli would work well and radishes might be good. I don’t recommend something like zucchini because of the high moisture content.
The leftovers should be stored in the fridge in a covered container, and will last up to 5 days. I recommend re-heating them gently in the microwave or the oven.
Keto Smoked Sausage Casserole Recipe
- 24 ounces fresh cauliflower cut into small pieces (less than one inch)
- 1 lb smoked kielbasa chopped
- 8 ounces Cabot Extra Sharp grated, divided
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoon butter cut into small pieces
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon glucomannan optional
- Chopped chives or parsley for garnish
- Lightly grease a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker.
- Add the cauliflower, kielbasa, 4 ounces of the cheddar, the sour cream, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper to the bottom. Toss to combine.
- Cook on low for 3 hours. Stir to mix everything up well. If you want to thicken the sauce at this point, push the meat and cauliflower to one side and whisk the glucomannan into the liquid.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheddar overtop and replace the lid. Cook another 30 to 60 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the cauliflower is fork tender.
- Sprinkle with the chives or parsley and serve. You can serve it straight out of the slow cooker or transfer to another serving dish, as desired.