Skip to Content

Instant Pot Mountain Dew Stew

Instant Pot Mountain Dew stew is incredible! Thick sweet and savory sausage and cabbage stew using soda pop as the liquid. SO good!

sausage cabbage stew

We call this Instant Pot Mountain Dew stew! You can call it whatever you want but it’s packed with potatoes, cabbage and sausage goodness. One easy Instant Pot recipe we love. (affiliate links present)

Yes there are tons of pressure cooker stew recipes out there but this one is quite different. With a sweet note my husband and kids loved, it’s hearty and almost better the next day.

Give it a whirl this week and let us know what you think.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

You may just think of diced beef, carrots and taters when you think of stew but you need to think outside of the box! Then there is a world of options.

How do I make Instant Pot stew?

You really can use your favorite meat, vegetables, liquid and some tomato paste to thicken it at the end. Cabbage is a great addition but many times can’t be cooked much longer than 5 minutes.

What goes with sausage and onions?

We thought potatoes and cabbage would be great. We have also made smoked sausage and cabbage and onions but that takes much longer.

Can you use plain flour to thicken a stew?

You could, I prefer cornstarch myself. With either one you need to add cold water to it and whisk so it is smooth. Add at the end on saute and it will become thicker. It will continue to as it cools as well.

This is what we used. It only took 6 minutes on high pressure.

instant pot mountain dew stew

Stew Instant Pot

I literally added NO seasonings to this. With the andouille sausage spices there wasn’t a need for it. Every single person who tried it gave it a resounding thumbs up.

  1. Smoked sausage
  2. Onion
  3. Cabbage
  4. Potatoes
  5. Carrots are optional
  6. Mountain Dew
  7. Tomato paste
  8. Cornstarch to thicken

You’ll only need about 1/2 a head to make this. Don’t let the rest go to waste though, make one of our other Instant Pot cabbage recipes with it.

sliced cabbage

Is smoked sausage already cooked?

Yes. You’re essentially just heating it up so there aren’t any worries regarding it being underdone and unsafe. I chose to saute it first just to get a bit of caramelization on the outsides and really bring out those flavors.

What is the best smoked sausage?

Usually grocery stores only carry 2 brands, with a few different varieties. I prefer the kielbasa or andouille varieties for things like this and our Instant Pot sausage and rice.

If you wanted to make your own smoked brats you could. Just finish, slice into dials and skip the first step of sauteeing.

instant pot sausage

Now let’s talk about potatoes. Why? Well because we’re in Idaho so there’s that. 😉 No, but really. I don’t have a strong preference in regards to which you use.

There was a bag of russets in the pantry so that is what I went with. I really do love red potatoes because they stay a bit firmer and don’t fall apart as much. Too long and these will be more like mashed potatoes than part of a stew.

Keep the onions in big chunks so they stay in tact nicely too and now it’s time for the soda.

sausage stew

Why the heck would I ever choose to use Mtn. Dew for the liquid? Well this idea came from a friend who makes this while camping, I added the tomato base idea at the end to make it more of a stew consistency.

He said that 1 liter of this particular soda made it amazing so I went with it, it was a hit!

mountain dew stew

Mountain Dew Recipe

If you google this you’ll actually be surprised to see that people have made all sorts of things with this green soda pop. From cheesecake to brownies, and tons of cocktails.

You can even use it to make our 2 ingredient soda pop cake! Yes it would turn green too if you use white cake mix. This might be fun at Christmas time as a sort of “Grinch cake!”

This is what it looked like once it was done. It continued to thicken more as it sat too. If you want the cabbage to stay firm I might set to 4 minutes instead of 6.

instant pot stew

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Mountain Dew Stew

  1. Saute

    Prepare vegetables. Put 1 tbsp or so of olive oil into your pressure cooker with sausage dials and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring so they can brown just a bit.

  2. Layer

    Turn pot off and layer in sliced onions on top, then your cubed potatoes (the smaller they are the softer they’ll get, don’t make too small or they’ll just fall apart).

    Then cubed cabbage squares broken apart. Make sure to not pass the overfill line inside your pot. Pour your liter of soda on top of everything, do not stir together.

  3. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve and set to high for 6 minutes followed by a quick release. (note: it will take a bit for it to reach pressure since there is a lot inside, that is okay)

    Do a quick release when done. Lift lid and set to saute again.

  4. Thicken

    Scoop 1/2 cup of the hot liquid from the pot into a measuring cup, then add your 1/2 cup of tomato paste, whisk together until smooth. Add this into your pot, stir.

    To thicken add cornstarch and a bit of cold water into a dish, just enough to whisk together so it is smooth and not lumpy. Add this and stir continuously until it thickens. Turn pot off.

  5. Serve

    It will continue to thicken a bit as it cools and sits, serve with rolls with some parmesan cheese on top if desired.

If you love trying new things you’ll love this. You know I won’t share anything that wasn’t a complete hit in my house. As much as you’re thinking ehhhhh, you’ll have to see for yourself.

instant pot cabbage recipe

Want to see a few of my favorite things you might want to write on your Christmas list this year??!! 😉 Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!

Looking for more easy family recipes and tips? LIKE The Typical Mom Facebook page?

Then sign up for my free newsletter, and follow me on Pinterest! 😉

***** If you LOVED this recipe give it 5 Stars below and let everyone know what you thought about it. 😉

the typical mom

Instant Pot Mountain Dew Stew

Instant Pot Mountain Dew stew is incredible! Thick sweet and savory sausage and cabbage stew using soda pop as the liquid. SO good!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword andouille, cabbage, instant pot, kielbasa, potato, pressure cooker, sausage, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 47kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 1 sausage link we used andouille 13.5 package, sliced into dials
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 medium potatoes sliced into chunks
  • 4 c cabbage cut into 1.5" cubes
  • 1 liter soda Mountain Dew, used half a 2 liter container, 4.5 cups
  • 1/2 c tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Prepare vegetables. Put 1 tbsp or so of olive oil into your pressure cooker with sausage dials and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring so they can brown just a bit.
  • Turn pot off and layer in sliced onions on top, then your cubed potatoes (the smaller they are the softer they'll get, don't make too small or they'll just fall apart), then cubed cabbage squares broken apart. Make sure to not pass the overfill line inside your pot.
  • Now pour your liter of soda on top of everything, do not stir together.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high for 6 minutes followed by a quick release. (note: it will take a bit for it to reach pressure since there is a lot inside, that is okay)
  • Do a quick release when done. Lift lid and set to saute again. Scoop 1/2 cup of the hot liquid from the pot into a measuring cup, then add your 1/2 cup of tomato paste, whisk together until smooth. Add this into your pot, stir.
  • To thicken add cornstarch and a bit of cold water into a dish, just enough to whisk together so it is smooth and not lumpy. Add this and stir continuously until it thickens. Turn pot off.
  • It will continue to thicken a bit as it cools and sits, serve with rolls with some parmesan cheese on top if desired.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Mountain Dew Stew
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 47 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 179mg8%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 284IU6%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Monthly Cleaning Schedule
← Previous
Printable Monthly Cleaning Schedule eBook
Halloween Bingo
Next →
Free Printable Halloween Bingo Cards
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.