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Creamy Sausage and Potatoes: Instant Pot or Skillet

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This creamy Sausage and Potatoes is a healthy meal (made with turkey sausage!), FULL of flavour and can be made in the Instant Pot or stovetop. 

creamy sausage and potatoes in instant pot with a metal spoon scooping up some sausage and potatoes

If you haven’t been around here long, you might not know that I love comfort food.

I will take a big bowl of soup or pasta or a slice of pizza or a heaping plate of these sausage and potatoes over a leafy green salad any day. Do you feel me?

Here on The Recipe Rebel, we are all about healthy, Real Food. The kind of food that nourishes and fulfills, and makes you feel good.

One way that I love to healthify my favourite dishes is to swap meat for turkey sausage, ground turkey or chicken. It’s lower in fat and packs a big punch of protein!

In this Creamy Sausage and Potatoes recipe, I swapped out traditional pork sausage for Lilydale’s Smoked Turkey Sausages, and a heavy cream-based sauce for a lighter one made of thickened milk.

instant pot sausage and potatoes overhead on grey marble background with package of lilydale turkey sausages on the side

Lilydale has been providing Canadians with an incredibly wide range of poultry products (including breakfast sausages, Italian sausages, carved meats, turkey bacon and more!) for 75 years this year, so we are celebrating with them today! Be sure to check out my Instagram page for a giveaway coming soon!

The smoked turkey sausage adds so much incredible smokey, savoury flavour to this dish that you don’t need much else for seasoning! It’s an easy, one-pot meal that can be cooked a variety of ways, is gluten-free and hearty enough for a chilly fall day.

Tips for making Sausage and Potatoes in the Instant Pot:

I’ll be honest, the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker is my preferred way to make this dish, because once you get the lid on it is hands off (and sometimes, with a 10 month old, 3 year old, and 6 year old, hands off is what I need!).

I’ve included full directions below, but here are a few extra tips:

  • I recommend using small Creamer potatoes, thickly sliced for this recipe. They cook quickly and are bite-sized for little ones (and all of us adults, too!), and they turn out incredibly creamy after pressure cooking.
  • If you’re trying to save time, you can skip the sauteeing of the sausages and just cook them with potatoes during the pressure cook time, but I like to add a little extra flavour and colour before closing up the lid!
  • I use a quick release in this recipe, because the potatoes cook so quickly and we don’t want them overcooked. If you prefer, you can let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes before opening the valve completely.
  • This recipe was tested in a 6 quart Instant Pot: I understand that some of the other Instant Pots and pressure cookers call for a different minimum requirement of liquid. The 6 quart calls for 1 cup, so I use 1 cup of broth.
skillet sausage and potatoes in grey plate on grey marble background with two forks on the side

Directions for making Sausage and Potatoes on the Stovetop:

The recipe below is written for the Instant Pot, as that is my preferred way to cook sausage and potatoes, but it can easily be done in a skillet as well.

Follow these directions for stove top:

  1. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until translucent.
  2. Stir in sausages, garlic, parsley, thyme and salt and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add broth and potatoes. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Whisk together milk and corn starch and stir into skillet. Cook and stir until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted.
creamy sausage and potatoes plated up close with a sprinkle of dried parsley

What goes well with sausage and potatoes?

We often eat this as a meal-in-one and serve with simple fresh veggies (my kids prefer fresh over cooked veggies any day!), but you can definitely serve with a side garden salad or any one of these side dishes:

*This post is generously sponsored by Lilydale — thank you for supporting the brands that make The Recipe Rebel possible!

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Creamy Sausage and Potatoes: Instant Pot or Skillet

4.85 from 20 votes
This creamy Sausage and Potatoes is a healthy meal (made with turkey sausage!), FULL of flavour and can be made in the Instant Pot or stovetop. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 327cal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablesooon canola oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 4 Lilydale Smoked Turkey Sausages sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb small Creamer potatoes halved (about 16 potatoes or 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute and wait until it reads “hot”. Add the oil.
  • Add the onion and cook until it is translucent and beginning to brown. Stir in sausages, garlic, parsley, salt, and thyme and cook 1-2 minutes until sausage is beginning to brown.
  • Turn the Instant Pot off, add the broth and potatoes and put the lid on.
  • Turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 2 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure and start counting down.
  • When the cook time is over, do a quick release (open the valve) and open the lid. Turn the Instant Pot to saute.
  • Whisk together milk and corn starch and stir into pot, cooking for 1-2 minutes until thickened. Stir in cheese. Serve.

Notes

*Please note that this recipe is tested in a 6 quart Instant Pot pressure cooker. Other models may require different minimum liquid requirements and cook differently.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 327cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1085mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Keywords instant pot meal, instant pot potatoes, instant pot recipe, sausage potatoes

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  1. Nancy says

    This was delicious! I had read in other comments that the gravy was too thick, so I used 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock (all that I had). Sautéing everything according to the recipe is key. Pressure cooked for 2 minutes and did the quick release. Everything was cooked perfectly. My husband has been my guinea pig for new recipes this week and he isn’t crazy about cheese on dishes like this, so I didn’t add any cheese. It was delicious without it, my husband gave it 2 thumbs up…definitely a keeper.

  2. Kevin says

    I made this tonight for the first time. It turned out great! The only change I made was to add 12 ounces of baby carrots. Vegetables came out tender, not at all mushy. Will definitely add this to the rotation.

  3. Vivienne Shore says

    I am going to try this tonight. I’m in Australia. Using our sausages which I’ll have to saute the cooked before I can cut. But Thank You so much for those clearly explained instructions. Only 3rd time using my pressure cooker because I can not understand the manual and really didn’t know what I was doing the first two times. You explained it so well re the steam release and the manual pressure. Read lots of recipes but no one else did.

  4. Elizabeth Searls says

    I made this tonight, I loved the idea of a creamy comfort food dinner😁 It’s hard to find something that everyone likes but this was a hit all round! I doubled it and the sauce came out a bit too thick, also a little bland. Next time I think I will add some bacon with the onions and less corn starch. It was still really yummy and I’ll definitely make it again.

  5. Anna-Marie Rowley says

    My family loves this meal! We’ve made it multiple times and it’s always a hit. I love how fast it comes together. We double it for a family of 7 without any problem in the IP, prep to table top in 20 minutes! We use smoked sausage, russet potatoes, we only use a sprinkle of salt and we sauté baby bella mushrooms with the sausage. The only other change is adding some black pepper and a little cayenne. Served with steamed green beans, or a fast side salad to keep it simple. Thank you for this wonderful comfort food. My family has started asking me to triple the recipe as they can’t get enough! Ages 4 to 17 and they all said thank you for an awesome recipe!

  6. Tara says

    This was an absolute lifesaver after a very busy day! I arrived home with no plan for supper and a very hungry family. It was quick and delicious served with a garden salad. I think I will add a few chopped carrots in and finish with some peas.

  7. Theresa St John says

    I tried this for the first time last week and have already made it again! My whole family LOVES it!! I doubled the recipe. Added sweet sausages, a pack of hot sausages, green beans and corn. I also used Italian shredded cheese the first time and Mexican cheese blend the second time. They were both excellent! Comfort food for sure, and a new favorite meal! Thank you so much for the recipe:)

  8. Rita Graham says

    This recipe was wonderful on a cold snowy day for lunch. Big hit with 6 year old and twin 3 year olds and of course the adults. I used red potatoes, peeled and sliced, and 1lb sweet Italian sausage and 1 lb breakfast sausage and added and extra 1cup of broth.

    Added to my list of recipes that kids will eat! And I just got my instant pot and such a quick easy recipe!

  9. Diane says

    Hi. I’m wondering why you said nothing about deglazing the bottom of the pot before stsrting the pressure cooking ? So many people are burning dishes by not doing this.

  10. Marsha Danzis says

    I have a bag of frozen obrien hash browns I wonder if they would work for this recipe we don’t have reg. potatoes on hand and I would love to try this recipe in my new intanat pot?

  11. Jerralyn says

    I only had russet potatoes, and a package of Ecrich 4-pepper smoked sausage on hand. I have an IP, but did this in a large skillet on stove top. I added in a package of frozen mixed veggies, and used half a jar of Ragu 4-cheese sauce instead of the corn starch method. We like spicy so I added a bit of creole seasoning and a sprinkle of shredded fiesta cheese after it was done. Served with some fresh baked bisquits it was a great meal. I will try it your way next time.

  12. Cass says

    This was delicious and easy to make. I had a package of kielbasa in the freezer so I used that. For the shredded cheese I used an Italian blend. The sauce came out a little too thick for my taste, so next time I will use less cornstarch, but overall a great recipe that I will be adding to my rotation!

  13. Dianne Friesenhahn says

    Came across this recipe after a long hard day at work and coming off a tough last few weeks. I had my doubts at first as I have tried several IP recipes and nothing has really WOW’d me yet….until this recipe! I really thought I was going to have a ton of leftovers again and after trying a 2nd day I would probably throw out like I have in the past w/ the IP recipes I’ve tried. Have been scratching my head trying to figure out what all the buzz is about w/ IP. My mom used a pressure cooker when I was growing up so I am well versed w/ that part. So fast forward to this recipe – I had all ingredients on hand, followed the directions and WOW oh WOW – was this delightful! Exactly what I was wanting tonite for dinner! And loved that it only made a small amount (I have no hubby or kids – just myself, a cat and an African Grey parrot – lol). This is my first IP KEEPER recipe and thrilled to have found. Thank you so much. I followed directions completely and if I had to make a change it would be to omit the salt (the sausage I had on hand had enough salt for the dish) and I would probably omit the cheese at the end. Other than that, this was a huge hit and can’t wait to make it for church or when there’s a need for a potluck side dish to bring! LOVED LOVED!!

  14. Rachel says

    I don’t have an instant pot. I really want to try this recipe. Can I use my power cooker or traditional crockpot for this recipe?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      A power cooker I think should work like the Instant Pot, but I also include stove top instructions in the post above. It would be easily adapted for the slow cooker too!

  15. Susan says

    We enjoyed this for dinner tonight. I made it with farmer sausage, added frozen green beans, and used regular red potatoes cut into chunks. Delicious! We will definitely be having it again. Thanks for another great and quick meal!

  16. Judith Thurman says

    Wonderful healthy meal for me…and a hearty meal for my husband. The recipe is very flavorful, easy to follow and tastes amazing! We omitted the cheese and found it still very good. Will definitely be making again. Next time I will add carrots and mushrooms for extra vegetables. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  17. Julie says

    I was looking for a recipe and was inspired by this one.
    I made this with pork meatballs I had on hand.
    I had a pack of creamer potatoes with herb and garlic seasoning mix. I used that as seasoning.
    Was awesome.
    Will be back again to try it as is.
    Thanks for inspiring me to try new things.

  18. Randie Classen says

    This was such a huge hit in our house! We added extra cheese and threw some kale in at the end! Will be making again

  19. Denise Shearer says

    I made this two weekends in a row now. Delicious, and very easy to prepare. A huge hit with the whole family.

  20. Denise Shearer says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit.. The family loved it.. The only change I made was adding green beans , will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much. I look forward to trying more recipes as I am an Instant Pot Newbie. Thanks so much?

  21. Kim says

    Had chicken sausage, red potatoes, provolone and half n half to work with. I’m very glad I came across this recipe! I think this dish would be really really good if I followed the recipe. Overall I made it with extra half and half and broth so it was almost a bisque. Toasted French bread wedges and steamed broccoli were paired with it. Thanks so much!! 5 stars!

  22. Susan says

    This was amazing. I made it in an 8 quart instant pot and doubled the ingredients. We added about 1 lb of fresh green beans . Everyone loved it. Increased broth to 2 1/2 cups for the larger pot. Did pressure cook for 5 minutes. It was fine, but t could have been for 3 or 4 minutes too. This was so creamy and delicious. Wasn’t able to rate this. Would give it 5 stars if the site would let me.

  23. Kara says

    Sausage and potatoes are so good together, and this creamy version looks extra tasty. I love that it can be made in the pressure cooker or skillet. Adding it to the menu!

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