Here is an easy pressure cooker sausage and peppers recipe you can make for under $10. It feeds 5 people and you only need 3 ingredients for a delicious dinner! Try it in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi tonight.
If you’re all about easy Instant Pot recipes this is going to go on the top of your list! I love an easy recipe with vegetables and some sweet Italian sausage together. That’s where this pressure cooker sausage and peppers meal came about. It tasted amazing inside hoagie rolls for dinner the other night! (originally published 6/18, affiliate links present)
Pressure cooker sausage and peppers literally costs me just $10 for all the ingredients. That means it will be added to our long list of cheap Instant Pot recipes too.
I chose sweet Italian sausage from Johnsonville you see here because it is the style my husband prefers. They offer a spicy sausage version as well if you like a little heat.
The brand of spaghetti sauce really doesn’t matter, I get what is on sale. If you want this meal to be really cheap you can usually find a jar at the Dollar Store. Seriously, electric pressure cookers make this easy dinner possible in under 10 minutes.
Sometimes I grab some hoagie style rolls to put them in. Other times I’ve served it over rice. I literally see what’s on sale and buy that!
This is what you need to make this Instant Pot sausage recipe
- 5-6 pork sausages
- there are 5 in a package when I buy them, you could fit 6 but no more in a 6 qt. without having them overlap
- chicken sausage could be used too if they’re a similar size
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 2 bell peppers
- really you can add more peppers and onions if you want
- 1 onion
- 3/4 cup of water – you’ll need to add some liquid in order to get it to come to pressure
- beef or chicken broth could be used too
What if your sausage is frozen?
Just ensure that they aren’t in 1 huge clump. If they are frozen but you can separate them there shouldn’t be an issue.
- Add sausages to pot with all other ingredients. Then following instructions below.
- Set to high for 8 minutes vs. 6., set valve to sealing
- Quick release and slice one in half to ensure they’ve cooked through
- If not just put back in and set pressure cooker to saute
- Allow to bubble and finish cooking the sausages, 8 minutes should be plenty though.
- Once you’ve had this you’ll love our pressure cooking jambalaya and smoked brats too
- Want to make stove top sausage and onions?
Follow directions below as far as layering your ingredients in a pot. Cover with a lid and set to medium heat. Stir intermittently until sausage is warm in middle, also allow peppers to soften to your liking too.
Need crockpot sausage and vegetables directions?? We have those too!
There is no need for browning the sausages. If you really want to you could with a little olive oil at the beginning on saute.
- The sausages I used was medium size. Typical of those in packages in the meat section of your grocery store. If yours has thicker casings you may want to put it in for 8 minutes. 6 minutes always works well for us.
Pressure Cooker Sausage
- Slice onion and bell peppers.
- Pour 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce into the bottom of your pressure cooker.
- Place sausages on top, not overlapping.
- Put sliced onions and bell peppers on top and pour the remainder of your spaghetti sauce on top.
- Pour 3/4 c of water into your jar of spaghetti sauce, put lid on and shake.
- Pour this into your pressure cooker and put the pressure cooker lid on, close steam valve.
- Set to pressure high for 6 minutes.
- Do a quick release and put sausage into hoagie rolls, on top of rice, or serve as is with peppers and onions from pot. Pour some sauce over the top and serve.