Vegetable Melange with Sweet Italian Sausage




Last week, I did a serious refrigerator clean out which you may have seen, here. I had vegetables that were getting toward the end of freshness and needed to be used, hence my newest recipe; Vegetable Melange with Sweet Italian Sausage. It’s quick & easy and the perfect way to use fresh produce for a healthy meal that is oh-so-satisfying!


Vegetable Melange with Sweet Italian Sausage

Author Chef Tiffany Blackmon


  • 1 pound Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots sliced
  • 1 zucchini squash sliced
  • 1 yellow squash sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 3 cups vodka sauce or marinara sauce
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup fresh spinach sliced
  • pasta polenta or vegetable spirals
  • parmesan cheese


  • Heat a medium nonstick saute´ pan over medium-high heat until hot.  Add sausage; break into small crumbles and stir occasionally until brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of crockpot.  Layer the cooked pork, vegetables, vodka sauce, wine, and herbs; cover with the lid. 
  • Turn crockpot on low and cook for 8-10 or according to manufacturer’s instructions.  The last 15 minutes of cooking time; stir in sliced spinach.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite pasta, polenta or vegetable spirals.  Top with grated parmesan cheese.


~My crockpot is so old, yet beloved.  I cook on “keep warm” and my sauce is thoroughly cooked in 6-8 hours, which is a bit too quickly for “keep warm”.  I do have a new crockpot but I feel like I am cheating on my old one.☺ 
~I used leftover vodka sauce but commercial or homemade marinara works perfectly!  
~I love vegetable spirals or spaghetti squash for a low carb option but your favorite pasta works perfectly!
~The wine is not necessary, just leftover chardonnay.  Why leftover you ask? 😉

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