Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

A quick & easy dish to throw together, this Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole is a dinner everyone can agree on. It’s meant to be savored, and shared. 

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

Cheese. Cheese! Glorious Cheese. How can you not like cheese?

It is beyond our family’s comprehension. In the words of the infamous Sicilian, The Great Vizzini, “Inconceivable!” So if you’re one of these people who don’t like cheese, whether it’s a texture thing, an animal by-product aversion, I give you fair warning: Look Away. Look. Away. NOW.

For everybody else who jumped right on the cheese wheel wagon with us, this is your kind of dish. Cheese, cheese sauce, with another sprinkle of cheese on top.

And, you know, some tender Russet potatoes and sliced smoked sausage were included to make it a meal appropriate for general consumption, since eating cheese sauce by the spoonful & straight out of the pan is probably frowned upon in polite society.

I wish there were a cheese grater, like the one at Olive Garden who grates the fresh Parm on your salad, but at my personal beck and call, and when I tell him to keep it coming, make it rain, (you get the idea), he just says, ‘As You Wish.’

But honestly, if you thought cheese was good all by itself, err I meant to say cheesy potatoes, yes– if you thought cheesy potatoes were good by themselves, then you’re really gonna love them with the added flavor from the smoked sausage, as well as the sweet, smokiness of the paprika.

I could seriously eat a dish like this everyday. This is serious comfort food, just how it’s meant to be.

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole 2

3 cups Russet potatoes, peeled (optional), boiled and cut into cubes when cool
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp pepper
1⁄2 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
1⁄2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 lb smoked sausage*
1⁄8-1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Directions

1. Slice the smoked sausage into thin ‘coins’. Saute the sliced sausage in a large skillet with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil for about 15 minutes, until they’ve just started to brown.
2. Transfer the cooked potatoes and sausage to a casserole dish, stirring gently to evenly distribute.
3. In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, whisk together the butter and flour until evenly combined. Allow it to cook about a minute, whisking constantly, to get rid of the floury taste. Slowly add in the milk 1/4-1/2 cup at a time, whisking constantly until evenly incorporated until all the liquid has been added and a roux has formed and thickened. Stir in the Velveeta, paprika, and salt & pepper (to taste), stirring occasionally until completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
4. Pour cheese sauce over potatoes and meat in the casserole dish. Evenly sprinkle the shredded cheese over top.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and the casserole is golden brown on top.

*You can substitute sliced hot dogs, diced ham, or even cubed Spam in place of the Smoked Sausage, if desired.

16 thoughts on “Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

    1. It will still be good, without the cheese, and probably a wee bit healthier, but for any cheese-lover, it really makes the dish 🙂

  1. This looks like total comfort food! I really don’t understand people who don’t like cheese – having lactose intolerance or an allergy to dairy, sure, but just plain dislike? Does not compute.

    1. Me either! One of the sons is even struggles to digest dairy and he’s all like “cheese its ok I’ll still eat u tomorrow even after my debilitating stomach pain tonight…. I battle tonight for the love of cheese and all things dairy tomorrow”. Luckily, a probitic helps us manage it.

  2. Cheers for cheese!
    When I was diagnosed with migraine (I was in 5th grade), my doctor told me that I need to avoid cheese as it will trigger the migraine. And because I love cheese a lot, I didn’t listen to her. I love anything with cheese and a dish overloaded with cheese? Count me in! Yeah!! 😀 Thank you for bringing this awesome, cheesy dish at FF101! Have a lovely weekend and happy FF!

  3. You know my sister’s were at the folk’s house and when I came back I found about 15 pounds of potatoes in the cupboard! Guess what I’m making!! This sounds delish!!

  4. I had to stop by and tell you we made this for dinner the other night, but we didn’t have any velveeta. I just used regular cheddar, about 8 ounces and it was STILL super cheesy! We happened to have jalapeno smoked sausage. It was a huge hit with my Dad, especially, but I loved it, too and it was perfect for our minus 20 degree weather!

    1. Awesome, Mollie! I’m so glad you all liked it 🙂 I can just picture it paired with a spicy jalapeno sausage and it sounds perfect.

    1. That’s a great idea! I’ll have to give it a go. Let me know if you do and your final thoughts.

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