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Instant Pot Sausage and Rice

Instant Pot sausage and rice is so good! A cheesy casserole packed with smoked sausage, tender rice and vegetables cooked all in one pot in no time at all. 

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This Instant Pot sausage and rice casserole is amazing!! Added to our list of 101+ Instant Pot recipes. Sponsored by Kroger. (originally published 10/19, affiliate links present)

If you and your family love cheesy comfort food this is going to go on your meal rotation!

Packed full of smoked sausage and creamy rice, it’s an easy dinner both adults and kids ask for again.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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

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  • Can we talk about flavor for a minute here??!!

This pressure cooker sausage and rice dinner is PACKED full of it. How?? Well, you can see where it came from below.

Yep, smoked sausage. All you have to do is slice it into half moons and throw them right in.

We’re all about easy meals here on The Typical Mom blog. 😉

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How is it SO easy? Well, this Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage (I bought at Kroger) is already fully cooked!

That means you just need to warm it up a bit really. I like to saute it just a bit with a little olive oil and diced onions before throwing in all the other ingredients so it gets golden brown.

It’s also packed full of traditional spices we all love in order to deliver exceptional flavor in anything it’s added to.

Have you tried it?? I first used it to make my slow cooker cheesy potatoes for brunch and I just couldn’t stop there.

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Instant Pot sausage and rice

  1. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage – cut into half moons
    1. could choose andouille sausage for some heat
  2. Olive oil
  3. Onion
  4. White rice – uncooked, long grain
  5. Beef broth
  6. Frozen mixed vegetables
  7. Cream of mushroom soup
  8. Cheese – shredded sharp cheddar is best
  9. Garlic salt and pepper
  10. Cajun seasoning could be added for a bit of heat

You’ll start by sauteeing the first 3 items together to brown the outsides of your sausage pieces just a bit.

This is not a necessary step, but I recommend doing it to get a bit of caramelization on the meat. Makes it so darn yummy.

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Then you’re going to add in your vegetables, condensed soup and beef broth. You can do this two ways:

  • I like to whisk the broth and cream of mushroom soup together in a separate bowl, and then pour that into my pot.

You could just dump it all in and stir together to remove the lumps too. I just think it is easier to use a whisk and smooth it out separately beforehand.

Don’t get me wrong, I have done it both ways especially when I’m in a hurry. It works no matter what. I just like to share my experiences with you and give you several options. 😉

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What is important to know when making anything with Instant Pot white rice:

  • Make sure you deglaze your Instant Pot after browning your meat. If you don’t you may receive the burn notice on the screen.
  • You are going to use uncooked white rice. Long grain or Jasmine is my preference.

Rice casseroles cooked in a pressure cooker need to be layered with the rice sprinkled on top!

  • It is important that you DO NOT stir all the contents after you add your uncooked rice.
    • If you do it will likely trigger the burn message, and will stick to the bottom which will be difficult to get off.
  • Sprinkle it in when you add the rice on top of all your other ingredients.

Then just use a spoon to gently submerge it into the top of your liquid. Following this last direction will ensure that your Instant Pot casserole will come out perfectly every time!

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Now let me share the basic steps to follow:

Time needed: 12 minutes.

Instant Pot sausage and rice casserole

  1. Saute

    First you’re going to add the oil and diced onions into your pot. Set to saute. A 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot or any brand of pressure cooker will work. Add the sausages cooking until browned on the outsides.

  2. Deglaze

    Pour a bit of your both into the pot and scrape any stuck on pieces off or your pot may say BURN when it’s preheating or cooking.

  3. Mix ingredients

    Turn your pot off and add your frozen vegetables. In a bowl whisk together your condensed soup and remaining broth until smooth. Pour that in too.

  4. Gently add in rice

    Sprinkle in your rice on the top and gently submerge into the liquid. Do NOT stir!

  5. Cook

    Close lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 9 minutes.
    Then allow for a 3 minute natural release. Followed by a quick release

  6. Rest

    Take lid off, stir in half the cheese and let it rest for 10 minutes to thicken. Then add other half on top, put lid on and let it sit for 5 minutes to melt.

Yes!! The cooking time is just that fast! It thickens a lot as it sits too and is great the next day as leftovers. Just microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between to reheat it.

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Once it is done it’s time for LOTS of cheese!!

  • Can you leave out the cheese? Yes, but ummmm it’s pretty amazing with it. Totally your choice really. Look at this spoonful!

What can you serve with this Instant Pot sausage recipe?

I don’t really serve anything with it but you could add:

  1. More steamed vegetables
  2. Sliced baguette
  3. Rolls
  4. Side salad
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Instant Pot Sausage and Rice

Instant Pot sausage and rice is so good! A cheesy casserole packed with smoked sausage, tender rice and vegetables cooked all in one pot in no time at all.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, german
Keyword casserole, instant pot, pressure cooker, rice, sausage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 289kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Put pressure cooker on saute and add olive oil. Then slice sausage into half moon pieces. Put these and your diced onion into your pressure cooker.
  • Cook just until sausage is lightly browned on the outsides. Then turn pot off. Add 1/4 cup of your broth into your pot and scrape with a wooden spoon to get any stuck on pieces off = deglazing your pot.
  • Sprinkle in all of your seasonings and your frozen vegetables.
  • In a bowl whisk together the remaining broth with your can of cream of mushroom soup until smooth, pour this into your pot.
  • Stir all contents together.
  • Sprinkle uncooked rice on to the top but DO NOT STIR. Just gently push down so it is submerged into the liquid.
  • Put lid on, close steam valve and set to high pressure for 9 minutes. Then allow to naturally release steam for 3 minutes before letting out remaining steam with a quick release.
  • Add in 1/2 of your cheese and stir gently into rice casserole. Allow to rest with lid off so it thickens for 10 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and place lid back on for 5 minutes so cheese melts. (even if you don't add extra cheese, let it sit for at least 10 minutes with lid off to thicken up)
  • Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sausage and Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 1179mg51%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1729IU35%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 9th of December 2021

Great recipe. Made it with Italian sausage once, chicken and ham another. Thanks

The Typical Mom

Sunday 12th of December 2021

Awesome, it's great with any kind of leftover meat


Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Really easy to make and tasted delicious. Came out creamy and delicious. I used cream of mushroom with roasted garlic.

The Typical Mom

Monday 26th of July 2021

Oh good!!


Tuesday 20th of July 2021

What if you have regular linked Italian sausage? Would you sauté the sausage and onions together?


Friday 19th of February 2021

Before I found this recipe, I had another recipe I was using for an oven baked casserole! I am so glad I found this for my instant pot, because it’s even more of a hit than the other recipe I used! We make it way too often (if that’s even possible) and I double the recipe so I have extras for leftovers! Do you know if this would work as an oven baked casserole? I’m visiting family in a month and they don’t have an instant pot!

The Typical Mom

Friday 19th of February 2021

I'm not sure how you'd need to adjust this. Maybe you might need to gift them one so you can use it while you're there. ;)


Friday 8th of January 2021

If I make this without the vegetables, do you recommend decreasing the liquid amount?

Thanks! Looking forward to trying it!

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