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Spicy Pecan Italian “Sausage”

Yields1 Serving

Ground pecans and season them with herbs and spices to create a plant-based “meat” alternative. Use this spicy Italian “sausage” it on a flatbread, pizza, soup and more. You can also use different seasonings and use it on tacos or in a breakfast casserole.

 1 tsp pecan or extra virgin olive oil
 ½ medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
 ½ tbsp fennel seed
 ¼ tsp black pepper
 ¼ tsp paprika
 ¼ tsp garlic powder
  tsp sea salt
 ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
 1 cup raw pecan halves (or lightly toasted)
 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

In a pan over medium heat, add oil, onion, fennel seed, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, and red pepper flakes (do not add pecans or vinegar yet). Cook 4 minutes or until onion is translucent.


Add pecans, red wine vinegar, and onion mixture to food processor and pulse until consistency of ground pork, about 8 to 10 pulses. Makes 1 cup pecan “sausage”. Add to pasta, in a soup or on a flatbread or pizza.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%

Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Sodium 60mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g2%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.