Using your pressure cooker gives a whole new meaning to the whole one pot meal idea. Throw a handful of simple ingredients into the pot, and end up with a savory meal like this Instant Pot kielbasa, potatoes, and green beans. One helping won’t be enough, and this budget friendly dinner dish is guaranteed to get the whole family to eat their veggies with gusto.
Sausage and green beans may seem like an unlikely pairing, but a quick internet search will yield a million results.
I’m not sure how it even started. It’s trending now, even considered main stream, but what was the catalyst? When was the start?
Maybe with our Southern Grandma’s all adding ham hocks to their green beans? You know the ones I’m talking about.
That big vat of beans they let simmer slowly on the stove all day long with the ham scraps in them.
The beans that were then ladled onto your plate with a slotted spoon and pretty much melted in your mouth? Yeah, those beans.
Had to be where this originated.
Then somebody got even smarter, and decided to make a whole meal out of this particular brand of deliciousness.
The traditional ham has been switched out for smoked sausage. And not just a specific kind, or brand.
Smoked sausage of any kind works, so does kielbasa. If you want things on the spicier side, you can use Andoullie sausage instead. This recipe’s really accommodating like that.
What Kind Of Green Beans Work Best In The Instant Pot For This Recipe?
I tend to love, and lean toward, fresh green beans and use them in every recipe whenever possible. However, you can absolutely sub whole frozen beans in this recipe.
They just may not hold up as well when done. Basically, they will taste absolutely delicious but may not present quite as pretty a picture when ladled into bowls or onto plates.
If presentation is as important as taste, then go for fresh! Frozen whole green beans would work in their stead though.
How To Make Instant Pot Kielbasa, Potatoes & Green Beans?
Throwing this meal together is actually very easy, and pretty much really is tossing all of the ingredients into your slow cooker in a certain order.
Start by adding a cup of chicken broth to the pot of your pressure cooker. Don’t have chicken broth? You can easily substitute vegetable. Just don’t forget some kind of liquid, even just a cup of water will work.
The liquid keeps the ingredients from getting to hot and scorching (burning) on the bottom of the pot, which is where the heating element is. It also builds the steam necessary to properly cook the contents.
Next add a whole (sliced) kielbasa sausage, washed little potatoes, and trimmed green beans to the pot. You could use large chunks of chopped russet potatoes, but I love the look of little potatoes, and they don’t mush or crumble when stirred and serving after being under such intense pressure during cooking.
Sprinkle 2 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning evenly out over the mixture, followed by 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt. This dish is salty all on it’s own, which is why I prefer seasoned salt to regular.
However, if you are watching your sodium intake then I suggest you skip the salt altogether or wait until it’s done cooking and season then, to taste.
Cut four tablespoons of butter into slivers and place them evenly out over top of the meat & veggies.
Add the lid turning to close, and turn the vent to the sealed position. Hit the pressure cook (manual) button and set it to normal pressure for five minutes.
Once it beeps to signal it’s done cooking, let it naturally pressure release (sit there) for three minutes. Carefully vent the seal to release the remaining steam. Once it’s done venting, open the lid, and give everything a gentle stir.
Using a slotted spoon, ladle this Instant Pot kielbasa, potatoes & green beans onto plates and serve.
We’ve made this in both the 6 & 8 quart version with equal success!
Can This Be Made In A Slow Cooker?
I know pressure cookers, and Instant Pot’s brand specifically are all the rage right now- they’re not for everyone, and we can’t all run out right away for the next new gadget.
Not having one is no reason to miss out on this delicious dinner recipe. If you’ve got an old fashioned slow cooker, then you’re in business!
Increase the amount of chicken broth to 1 1/2 cups, and add all of your ingredients except the broth to the bowl of your slow cooker.
Greasing the crock before hand is totally up to you, and won’t affect the efficacy of the recipe either way. You can even use a slow cooker cooking liner if you want to make it a zero mess meal.
Gently toss everything to evenly combine, pour the chicken broth evenly out over top of the ingredients in the slow cooker, then cover with the lid.
Cover & cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high heat for 4-5 hours.
Other Easy Instant Pot Dinner’s You Might Also Enjoy
Green beans. Everybody loves green beans right? Well at least in my family they do. Making this Instant Pot kielbasa, potatoes & smoked sausage a simple one stop meal we can all agree on!
Looking for other family friendly dinners to throw in your pot?
- Instant Pot Pork Chops & Gravy
- Instant Pot Cheesy Ground Beef & Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings
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Instant Pot Kielbasa Potatoes & Smoked Sausage
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 lb kielbasa sausage thinly sliced into coins
- 2 lbs fresh green beans trimmed
- 1 1/2 lbs little potatoes washed
- 2 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp seasoned salt
- freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 4 tbsp butter
- Add the chicken broth into the pot.
- Add the prepared sausage, green beans, and potatoes to the pot.
- Sprinkle the spices evenly out over top. Using a sturdy spoon, give everything a gentle toss to evenly combine.
- Cut the butter into thin slices and layer them evenly out over top of the mixture.
- Add the lid, closing to secure, and set the vent to the sealed position. Hit the manual/pressure cook butter and set it to 5 minutes.
- When the timer is up, let the pot naturally pressure release for 3 minutes. Then carefully open the valve to quick release any remaining steam/pressure.
- Carefully remove the lid, and serve using a slotted spoon.
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