Instant Pot Sausage Casserole

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Instant Pot Sausage Casserole

As we have recently acquired an Instant Pot we thought we would try it out on one of my proven slow-cooked Dutch oven recipes. So this casserole recipe is another slightly different version of my sausage casserole recipe, although this time made in the Instant Pot.

sausage stew

 

How to use your leftover vegetables

In this version I have used the sausages I had in the fridge, which were hand-tied Irish pork sausages from Aldi, but really any nice tasting sausage will do. Some Italian sausage or some German sausage – either would probably taste great.

sausage casserole

 

This recipe is about the combination of food tastes, and is a great way to get rid of any vegetable leftovers you may have in the fridge.

So the ingredients in the recipe are not really fixed. The beans and tomatoes do add some body to the sauce, but there is nothing to stop you adding any other vegetables you may fancy like scallions, green beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peas or whatever need using up.

Just throw it all in together and let the instant pot make something of it all.

 

thickening the sauce
Thickening the sauce

 

Cooking under pressure did seem to have an effect on these sausages, in that some of them cracked and split, as you can see from the photos. But this did not affect the taste at all and was probably specific to this make of sausage.

It probably saved about half an hour cooking this in the Instant Pot compared to the Dutch oven, not to mention the energy savings.

sausage casserole

I had actually tried to brown these sausages in the oven beforehand, but they did not brown very well. I think it would have been better to have sauteed them either in the Instant Pot or in a separate pan, just to give them a bit of a brown appearance. But I am sure you do not need to brown them if you do not want to.

Sauce Thickening

Whether you want to thicken the sauce at the end is really up to you. I like to have a thickened sauce but my wife likes it as it comes. So we served up her food before I added the diluted flour and simmered for 5 minutes, just to thicken it up a bit.

instant pot sausage casserole

We had some leftover after this one meal which was great because we then had a ready made Instant Pot breakfast casserole for breakfast the next morning.

What to serve with sausage casserole?

The best way to eat this meal is with a nice piece of buttered crusty bread, or two, which serves perfectly to mop up any juices that may be leftover.

Enjoy!

How to cook this sausage stew recipe

Instant Pot Sausage Casserole

sausage stew

This Instant Pot sausage casserole recipe is a delicious way to use up vegetables that need to be finished up. Choose some tasty sausages for a real treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Some nice tasty sausages (I used 12 hand-tied Irish pork sausages, but feel free to experiment)
  • 400g tin kidney beans
  • 200g sweetcorn
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 200g potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomatoes puree
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider Vinegar
  • Optional to thicken the sauce:
  • 1 tbsp flour mixed in some water

Instructions

  1. Brown the sausages on all sides. You can do this using the saute function on the Instant Pot or in a separate pan.
  2. While you are doing this put the remaining ingredients into the Instant Pot, and mix together. Obviously, if you are using the Instant pot to saute, you will need to collect the other ingredients in a separate bowl while you are doing this.
  3. Add everything to the Instant Pot bowl together, mix well, and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. It will take a bit longer due to the warm up time. When finished carefully release the pressure with the quick-release valve.
  4. If you prefer to have the sauce thicker, then mix the flour in some water and add to the pot at this stage. Then simmer using the saute function on the Instant Pot for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.

Notes

Serve up with some nice crusty buttered bread.

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