Grandma’s Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans

Looking for a home-style meal that's hearty and filling? Grandma's Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans is just the ticket! This easy one-pot dinner is only four basic ingredients so it's very economical, comes together quickly, and cooks in just minutes. #OnePotMeal #Kielbasa #HomeStyle #Hearty #SpeedyMeal

Looking for a home-style meal that’s hearty and filling? Grandma’s Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans is just the ticket! This easy one-pot dinner is only four basic ingredients so it’s very economical, comes together quickly, and cooks in just minutes. #OnePotMeal #Kielbasa #HomeStyle #Hearty #SpeedyMeal

Looking for a home-style meal that's hearty and filling? Grandma's Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans is just the ticket! This easy one-pot dinner is only four basic ingredients so it's very economical, comes together quickly, and cooks in just minutes. #OnePotMeal #Kielbasa #HomeStyle #Hearty #SpeedyMeal

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My Grandma Lucille used to make this Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans all the time as I was growing up.  She would always small the potatoes in a bowl for me, then top them with a bit of butter, broth from the pot, and then the kielbasa sausage and green beans.

Yep, it’s pretty basic, but that’s actually the beauty of this meal.  I love the simplicity and speed of this recipe, and my family loves to have me make.  If there are any leftovers, which rarely happens, they reheat really nicely the next day for lunch, either on the stove top or in the microwave.

So. What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Grandma’s Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans?  Very few, actually!

  • Kielbasa

Kielbasa is a pre-cooked sausage and you’ll find it in the brat section of your local grocery store.  You’ll also see other pre-cooked sausage there, such as smoked sausage, andouille sausage, frankfurters, etc.  Make sure you don’t accidentally pick up raw, uncooked sausages as that’s not what you need for this particular recipe.

  • Olive oil or vegetable oil

You can use any type of oil that’s got a high smoke point (vegetable, canola, peanut, olive oil, etc) for this recipe.  You’re using the oil to brown off the Kielbasa sausage chunks because the browning really adds to the flavor – don’t skip this step, please!

  • Broth

I typically use chicken broth in this recipe, but you can actually use whatever broth you have on hand….chicken, beef, or vegetable. Any of them will work just great. If you don’t have broth, you can use water but the flavor won’t be nearly as yummy, so be prepared!

  • Potatoes

I typically use russet or red potatoes in this dish, because they are typically more readily available in my rural area and are also the most economical.  However, when I can, I do enjoy making this Kielbasa one-pot meal with Yukon Gold potatoes since they have such a creamy texture and buttery flavor.  Again, use what you’ve got on hand!

  • Green Beans

I used frozen green beans in this recipe, but I remember that my Grandma Lucille always used canned green beans, instead.  Use what you prefer and what your family enjoys best. If you use canned green beans, I’d drain them a bit first, before adding them to your pot.

Looking for a home-style meal that's hearty and filling? Grandma's Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans is just the ticket! This easy one-pot dinner is only four basic ingredients so it's very economical, comes together quickly, and cooks in just minutes. #OnePotMeal #Kielbasa #HomeStyle #Hearty #SpeedyMeal


Recipe Tips for Making This Quick and Easy Kielbasa Recipe

  • Does it matter what type of Kielbasa sausage I use for this recipe?

Not really.  Sometimes I use beef kielbasa and sometimes I use turkey kielbasa – whatever I have on hand in my freezer!

  • So Kielbasa sausage freezes well, then?

It definitely does.  I like to stock up on Kielbasa or smoked sausage whenever I can catch a sale, throwing it into my freezer to use as I need it.  It freezes great and thaws really quickly, too.

  • What’s so great about Kielbasa sausage, anyway?

I try to NEVER be out of Kielbasa sausage, since my family is a bunch of carnivores and they want meat in EVERYTHING, it seems.  That’s usually the first thing they ask me: “Mom, where’s the MEAT?” And, since Kielbasa sausage is pre-cooked, you can quickly ADD it to so many dishes, such as Mac and Cheese, Scrambled Eggs, Skillet Meals, Soups, etc – the list goes on and on because Kielbasa is so versatile.

  • Why does this recipe to instruct to brown the Kielbasa sausages first?

Browning the sausages first really adds to the flavor of the sausage.  Plus once you brown the sausages, that step leaves a lot of flavor behind in the pot, which is then absorbed into the remaining ingredients giving them more flavor, as well.  It’s truly a worthwhile step!

  • What’s the best way to serve this meal?

We like to serve this up in bowls, smashing the potatoes on the bottom as the base, then ladling the broth from the pot over the potatoes before adding the green beans and potatoes on top.  So yummy!

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Printable Directions for Making Grandma’s Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans

Grandma’s Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans

Looking for a home-style meal that's hearty and filling? Grandma's Kielbasa Pot with Potatoes and Green Beans is just the ticket! This easy one-pot dinner is only four basic ingredients so it's very economical, comes together quickly, and cooks in just minutes. #OnePotMeal #Kielbasa #HomeStyle #Hearty #SpeedyMeal

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • swish of olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth (If you're using the Instant Pot to make this recipe, you'll only need 1 cup of broth for cooking)
  • 1 lb. Kielbasa sausage, cut into chunks, may use any fully cooked sausage
  • 5-6 large red or russet potatoes, peeled, and cut into large chunks (3”-4” or so)
  • 1 lb. frozen cut green beans, thawed

Instructions

Stove Top Method

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, add the oil; when the oil is hot, add the sausages, browning them on all sides, then remove them to a plate and reserve.
  2. In the same pot over medium high heat, bring the chicken broth to a high simmer; add the potatoes to the pot. Partially cover the pot, simmering the potatoes until they are nicely fork-tender, 10-15 minutes or so, testing them at the 10 minute mark.
  3. Add the green beans to the potatoes during the last 5 minutes of the cooking time, simmering them just until they are al dente.

Instant Pot Method

  1. Using the sauté setting on the Instant Pot, add a swish of oil to the pot; when the oil is hot, at the sausages to the pot, browning them on all sides. Remove the sausages to a plate and reserve.
  2. Place 1 cup of chicken broth into the Instant Pot; add the potatoes, then lock the Instant Pot lid into place. Using the manual setting on High Pressure, set the time for 5 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure.
  3. When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all pressure from the Instant Pot; carefully remove the lid.
  4. Add the green beans and reserved sausages to the pot, locking the Instant Pot lid into place once more. Using the manual setting in High Pressure once more, set the time for 2 minutes bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure once again, which won’t take long at all since the contents are already hot.
  5. When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all pressure from the Instant Pot; carefully remove the lid.

To Serve

  1. To serve, spoon the potatoes into bowls and give them a bit of a smash with a fork. Ladle some of the chicken broth over the potatoes, then top them with sausage and green beans.

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Please Note: This recipe was happily shared on The Country Cook’s Weekend Potluck and Southern Bite’s Meal Plan Monday!

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