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Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

A quick & easy dish to throw together, this Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole is a meat and potatoes kind of 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.

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

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.

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

And, you know, some tender Russet potatoes and sliced smoked sausage were included to make it a meal appropriate for general consumption.

Eating cheese sauce by the spoonful & straight out of the pan- it’s probably frowned upon in polite society.

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

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.’

Can you tell I’ve been re-reading The Princess Bride for like the millionth time? I can’t help it. I love everything about it, and it makes such good reference material!

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

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.

Let’s not forget the sweet, smokiness of the paprika either!

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

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

Making It A Meal: What To Serve With This Cheesy Potato Casserole?

Ever heard the term meat & potatoes? It generally is prescribed to hearty, stick to your ribs comfort food which this casserole definitely is. It also happens to literally be a meat & potatoes casserole, with a heaping helping (or more) of cheese thrown in the mix.

This is a rich dish that is very filling, expecially depending on the serving size. It can totally serve as a stand a lone meal. My boys would have zero complaints even if this was the only thing on the dinner menu any given night.

But there’s that nagging Mom guilt that means I need to make it a full meal, which means at least something healthy (ish) needs to be ready to go on their plates with this dish.

My go to is a simple, fresh side salad. Leafy, green, good for everyone and they can customize it with the dressing of their choice. When that’s not an option, I serve either steamed broccoli on the side or our go to canned green bean recipe.

If you truly want to make it a one dish meal, you can toss the steamed broccoli or a plain, drained can of cut green beans right into the casserole before baking. 


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a silver spoon digging into a baking dish filled with cheesy potato and smoked sausage casserole

Cheesy Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

A creamy, cheesy meat & potatoes casserole, this dinner is simple Southern comfort food.
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Course: Casserole, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 420kcal


  • 3 cups peeled cubed Russet potatoes, boiled until soft but not mushy
  • 1 lb smoked sausage* thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups half & half or milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika


  • In a large skillet, over medium low heat, saute the sausage in a large skillet with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil flipping and stirring until they've browned a bit.
  • Lightly spray a 9x13" baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Transfer the cooked potatoes and sausage to a casserole dish, stirring just enough to evenly distribute.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and add the butter to the skillet. When melted, whisk in the flour. Allow it to cook about a minute, whisking constantly, to get rid of the floury taste. Slowly add in the half and half, 1/4-1/2 cup at a time, whisking constantly until evenly incorporated. Continue cooking until thickened.
  • Stir in the Velveeta, paprika, and salt & pepper, stirring occasionally until completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Pour cheese sauce evenly out over the potatoes and meat. Evenly sprinkle the shredded cheese over top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and the casserole is golden brown on top.


recipe adapted from Modern Day Moms


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 874IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Not only does this reads utter deliciousness, but your commenters suggestions are also fantastic 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾!!! I’m taking notes, thank you for sharing your recipe 😃

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night. It was sooo GOOD!!! My middle child said it tasted like a loaded baked potato. My husband liked it so much he made a to go container for lunch today. I went to go and do the same, but the dish was empty! I definitely will be adding this into my meal plans!!!

  3. Amazing! This is one of my go to comfort foods when I start missing home, back in PA. This is a great recipe and it really took me back. When my Nana would make this, she would make a small pot of sautéed onions and butter. Then when they made they would serve a bowl of this casserole, they would put a spoonful of that on top.

    1. My husband’s family immigrated to Pittsburgh two generations ago, and so many good things come out of their kitchens! Always happy to hear when another person can appreciate when we put one of those recipes out!

  4. I’m sorry but 3 cups of potatoes doesn’t seem like very much for a 9 x 13 pan. I would think it would take 3 pounds or more.

    1. You can use more if you’d like, it will just be less cheese saucy. It also doubles well if you’re worried about not having enough 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Fantastic!! Made this for dinner tonight and it was super yummy! My husband and I couldn’t stop talking about how tasty it was the rest of the night. I don’t have kids but if I did I know they would love this! Great family friendly meal!

    1. Yes, it absolutely can be! Make it as instructed, and use a freezer safe pan. I suggest an aluminum one. Cover it, and freeze. Remove it from the freezer when ready to cook, and bake as instructed.

  6. Thank you cause I wasn’t sure due to it having cheese in it And also a cheese sauce wasn’t sure if you could freeze it with that in it

  7. 5 stars
    This was really good. I mixed in some cooked and drained frozen spinach just for a little greenery. My family loved it.

  8. Very good recipe. Missing potato cooking instructions in directions, Olive Oil in ingredients and when to add paprika. Paprika should probably be added into melted cheese mixture and moved up in ingredient list. Great recipe. Family loves it.

    1. So happy you enjoyed it as much as we do, Julie! The potatoes should be boiled until slightly soft (fork tender)- and it’s not given a step in the instructions, but is mentioned next to them in the ingredient list. You’re right about when to add the paprika and that’s in the instructions. I did omit the olive oil from the ingredients list, but I’ll be sure to remedy that- thanks for taking the time to let me know 🙂

    1. All of our recipes, including this one, have nutritional info listed at the bottom of the printable recipe card 🙂

  9. 4 stars
    I added onions and a 1/2 packet of each dip mix, and it was a big hit in our home! Thanks for the idea! Next time I think I’ll add some bell peppers for color.

  10. sounds good I am going to make this, but as a side comment, you can’t even cook the potatoes in 15 min. let a lone prepare everything else. Maybe in a commercial kitchen with help and no clean up.

    1. You’re right, but it does mention in the instructions to begin with potatoes you’ve already prepped and boiled. So the bake time isn’t what’s cooking the potatoes.

  11. 5 stars
    I added carrots celery mushrooms bacon fried onions sauteed to potatoes & sausage b4 making cheese sauce.
    Top layer I used shredded Asiago cheese & sprinkled with dry roasted garlic & pepper seasoning.
    It was delicious & thx for sharing your recipe as an idea for leftover sausage

  12. 5 stars
    I didn’t cook the potatoes..just sliced them..(like making scalloped pots..) added the browned kielbasa as instructed..chopped onion & minced garlic…for extra flavor..& whatever seasoning it called some of me own..
    Mixed (whisked)..liquid ingredients together..semi heated it in the microwve..poured them over the pots & sausage & into the oven..same temp..just a tad longer till pots where soft…
    AMAZING recipe!! Made some coleslaw on the side..
    Kudos Meghan!!
    This recipe is soooooo versatile & love it!! Can also be made in the crockpot!!

  13. 5 stars
    This was very good! Very rich! We will make it again. Halved the recipe. I didn’t measure my potatoes, just used 3 medium russets. I mixed broccoli into my serving and it cut the richness and bit while staying delicious. BF ate his straight and was happy with it.

    1. No, but I bet it would be a delicious substitution. I’d make sure to drain all excess grease as much as possible before using. Let me know if you do!