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Pressure Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

Pressure cooker sausage and cabbage with noodles is a simple dinner idea that’s packed with flavor. Made like Instant Pot cabbage but with some kielbasa or ground meat. Make in your Ninja Foodi too served with parmesan cheese on top and we’re sure you’ll love it too.

Pressure Cooker Sausage and Cabbage casserole

We are all about cabbage recipes lately because we’re growing a bunch in our garden this year! Thus, this Instant Pot sausage and cabbage casserole was created the other night. Just one of the many favorite Instant Pot recipes listed on The Typical Mom blog for your family to enjoy too. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Sausage and Cabbage

It is on our roundup of easy Ninja Foodi recipes as well if you happen to have that pressure cooker and air fryer machine.

Let’s talk about simple cabbage recipes though shall we? We just love them because they’re so quick and easy! Yes, even my 3 girls will eat just about anything with this undervalued vegetable. Maybe it’s in our genes.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Cabbage and Sausage

We made a batch of Crockpot cabbage and sausage with potatoes before and it was a hit. This time I thought noodles would be fun to try instead of the other starch. You could use kielbasa sliced into dials instead of ground like we did here too as another option.

Biggest tip to this cooking well is to ensure that your pasta is submerged into the liquid below as much as possible. That way it will become tender the way you want it to.

Pressure Cooker Cabbage and Sausage

My Grandma ate a lot of it I tell you! As a child I wasn’t so sure but once I got this “magical all in one appliance” I got hooked too when I made this pressure cooker fried cabbage recipe.

It was based off hers written on a piece of paper that of course she cooked on her stovetop for years upon years. I adapted it to be made in my Instant Pot and it was a hit with everyone!  SO, I just kept going with this Instant Pot cabbage and sausage recipe here.

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Ninja Foodi Sausage and Cabbage

It’s quite simple really, and you only need a few ingredients to make it. Just like our Ninja Foodi cabbage that is simple with just some salt and pepper, you’ll need about 1/2 a head total.

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. if you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY recommend getting a non stick pot
  2. Cabbage
  3. Ground sausage – we prefer 1/2 spicy Jimmy Dean and 1/2 regular
  4. Can of diced tomatoes
  5. Noodles – we used these but any small style would work, optional
  6. Broth – vegetable was what I had but beef or chicken would be fine too
  7. Garlic – minced, jarred
  8. Onion – diced

From start to finish this will take you under 30 minutes to make perfectly cooked cabbage and sausage with noodles.

Pressure Cooker Sausage and Cabbage
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Sausage and Cabbage in Instant Pot

Here are the basic steps: First you’ll want to prep everything which just means you’ll have to dice your onions and cut cabbage into 1″ squares. Everything else is done! Could you use sausage links sliced instead of ground sausage?

  • Yes you could.
  • I would just eliminate the first step of sauteeing the meat since those are already precooked.
  • Then set your pot to saute and add your olive oil, onions, garlic and sausage.
  • Cook until meat is no longer pink, then turn pot off.
  • Pour in your can of diced tomatoes and stir. Spread on bottom of pot.
  • Add your noodles across the top of this.
  • Now pour your broth on your noodles and sprinkle your cabbage leaves on the very top.
    • You can add any seasonings you’d like on the very top now.
    • Using spicy sausage has a ton of flavor so we don’t need anything with this.
  • Close and lock the lid.
  • Set to high pressure for 4 minutes. After pressure cooking is done do a quick release.
    • The larger the noodles the more time needed. Butter noodles or small sizes would need 3 minutes.

Looking for other good recipes using these ingredients? Here is a roundup of other Instant Pot sausage recipes for dinner that even my kids love.

instant pot stuffed cabbage soup

You could try this pressure cooker cabbage soup!

So if you were asking what can I do with a head of cabbage before, I hope we gave you a few ideas! How long is cabbage good for?

  • Try not to damage or bruise of your cabbages.
  • This can lead to it not lasting as long as it degrades the vitamin C content.
  • If cabbage is properly stored it can last from 3 weeks to up to 2 months in your refrigerator. 
  • The other half of this cabbage though should be stored in an air tight freezer bag or container until you use it.
    • Once cut it will only last a few days without turning brown on the cut end and starting to break down.

Try our pressure cooker liver and onions next!

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Pressure Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

Pressure cooker sausage and cabbage with noodles is a simple dinner idea that's packed with flavor. Served with parmesan cheese on top we all love it.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage, casserole, ground, instant pot, pressure cooker, sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 437kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Turn your pressure cooker to saute and add olive oil, sausage and diced onions.
  • Cook until sausage is no longer pink, then add garlic and mix together. Turn pot OFF and scrape bottom of pot to deglaze (can add a bit of your broth to make sure you get all bits off).
  • Add can of diced tomatoes and mix. Spread out on bottom of pot.
  • Add uncooked noodles to the top of that and do NOT mix. Pour your broth on top of your noodles. Put cubed / broken up cabbage leaves on the very top. Can omit noodles entirely if you don't want them, if not using noodles decrease broth to 3/4 c.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to manual high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release, then stir contents if you've added noodles so they are mixed in well. Put lid back on and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes before serving so noodles soften a bit more mixed in.
  • Enjoy…great with some parmesan cheese on top!
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Sausage and Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 963mg42%
Potassium 603mg17%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 42.8mg52%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 8th of April 2021

OMG, this is fabulous! I used all HOT sausage and added no extra seasoning to the recipe. For broth I used vegetable juice. I will definitely make this again, and again!!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 8th of April 2021



Monday 8th of February 2021

What size can of diced tomatoes were used?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

15 oz regular size

Sandra Hapenney

Friday 7th of August 2020

It really needed some seasoning. I put in salt, thyme, and basil.

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