Hot Italian Sausage

Recipe: Salsicca, a Vegetarian Hot Italian Sausage

Summary: Salsicca, a spicy, vegetarian alternative to the traditional Italian hot sausage.


  • 10 tablespoons of vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 lb medium firm tofu, mashed
  • 1 cup of textured soy protein granules (soy does not contain gluten but to be sure take a look at certified gluten-free soy products like Bob’s Red Mill and Arrowhead Mills brands)

For the Seasoning Mixture:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 bay leaf (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 cup pure gluten, powder (vital wheat gluten) * (Alternatives to gluten powder are amaranth flour or mashed beans)


  1. Mix the vegetable broth with the wine, the olive oil and the tomato paste in a small bowl.
  2. Stir in the textured soy protein granules and let soak for five minutes.
  3. Add the tofu.
  4. Combine your seasonings while leaving out the gluten. Add to the mix.
  5. Allow your mixture to cool. To speed this up, spread the mixture out on a plate and place in the refrigerator.
  6. Once the mixture has cooled down, add gluten powder and use your hands to mix.
  7. Use a sausage stuffer and casings or form your mixture into patties or links. Makes about 10 patties or 14 links.
  8. Steam these for about 20 minutes.
  9. The patties or links are then ready to be browned. You can also freeze them for later use.
  10. For browning, a non-stick skillet and olive oil will do nicely. They can also be grilled.

Quick notes

Preparation time includes cool down time for mixture and steaming
Each serving is 2 links

Carbs x serving: 4 grams
Fiber x serving: 0.4 grams

Preparation time: 1 hour(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 7

Culinary tradition: Italian

Calories: 76.4

Fat: 1.42

Protein: 7.1

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By Mediterranean Book
Published: July 27,2012