Sausage and Potato Skillet

This easy Sausage and Potato Skillet has been a longtime family favorite meal! 

Smoked sausage or Kielbasa, frozen potatoes O’Brien and broccoli topped with cheese makes a delicious one-skillet meal that is so EASY!  Even our kids will eat this easy sausage skillet!

This easy Sausage and Potato Skillet is a family favorite meal!  Kielbasa, frozen potatoes O'Brien and broccoli topped with cheese makes a delicious meal!

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy Cowboy Breakfast Skillet and Kielbasa & Cabbage.

Potato & Kielbasa Skillet

Great for meal prep, Whole 30 approved and the kind of skillet meal your family can enjoy on a regular basis Potato and Kielbasa Skillet is delicious.

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut in the skillet or oven is another classic meal. Since we’re always on the hunt for easy sausage recipe when everything can be made in one skillet we were excited to give it a try. 

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Allison Zabel of Omaha, Nebraska shared this easy meal idea with us.  Her mom has made this Sausage and Potato Skillet for years.  She loves it because there’s not a whole lot of prepping and it’s good to eat all year round.  Allison likes to make it ahead of time to take lunch to work.

Only four ingredients are required, but I like to amp up the flavor with some minced garlic and salt and pepper.  My kids can be picky eaters and they both eat this recipe which makes me happy!

Only four ingredients needed for this easy smoked sausage recipe - hash brown, smoked sausage, broccoli, cheddar cheese

We’re not the only family in the midwest that loves eating sausage and potatoes for dinner.  Air Fryer Sausage, Potatoes & Sauerkraut is a favorite along with our Smoked Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole. We like how this recipe incorporates more vegetables.

This post was created by a partnership with the Nebraska Pork Producers Associationbut all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kielbasa Skillet Recipe

While we typically make this for an evening meal I have eaten leftovers for breakfast.  This is the type of recipe where it’s easy to hide the broccoli in the other ingredients so that vegetables are easier to eat.  It’s a well-rounded meal with protein, vegetables, and starch!

I enjoy thinking about the people behind the food that we eat. Allison Zabel became interested in working with pigs in college.  Her sister came across a job with a large pig farm and shared those job opportunities with Allison when she was a student at Iowa State.

Kielbasa and potato skillet is Whole 30 approved

Although she grew up with a family knowlege in the farrier business and has experience being around a cattle feedlot, Allison fell in love with working with pigs.  Alison has experience working several segments of the food chain.

Allison began working in the barns.  Then she spent a little time in the office because there’s a lot of paperwork and record-keeping to do at the farm.  She currently works in customer service at PIC, the Pig Improvement Company.

PIC works with pig farmers to raise better breeding stock for other pig farmers.  When the maternal and paternal genetics are improved that means pigs can grow faster, have more muscle or whatever quality customers are looking for.  So Allison works with people that improve genetics on several tiers of the pig’s family tree.  Grandparent genetics are slightly different than maternal and paternal.  And somebody has to keep this all straight.  So it makes sense that Allison has a lot to do in her customer service role.

The PIC sales team sells the animals.  The customer service team works out the details like when will the pigs be moved where, how many loads, who will help load and receive the pigs, etc.  The details are endless.

Allison shared that she has worked in retail and foodservice and she just enjoys working with her farmer customers the most!  She also enjoys the challenges of working with pigs because she understands them. 

Thanks to Allison for taking time to share more about where our food and pork comes from!

How to Make Kielbasa Sausage and Potato Skillet

  1. Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet
  3. Brown sausage and set aside
  4. Add more oil if needed, cook potatoes and broccoli until done
  5. Season vegetables with salt and pepper if desired
  6. Return sausage to the skillet and sprinkle with cheese
  7. Serve warm
easy sausage recipe when everything can be made in one pan

Another great recipe with Kielbasa is our Kielbasa Mac & Cheese.

Tips for Making Kielbasa and Vegetable Skillet

  • Different skillets cook very differently, so watch the food more than the time listed on this recipe
  • A bag of frozen broccoli or fresh broccoli can be equally substituted
  • Kielbasa and smoked sausage can be easily substituted
  • If making for meal prep do not add cheese, put cheese in a separate container and sprinkle on top after the meal has been re-heated
  • Browning sausage adds more flavor, because brown is a flavor, not just a color
  • Browning sausage is not required if time doesn’t allow
  • Read the package, but most smoked sausage is precooked, so once the vegetables are cooked and the sausage is warm the meal is ready
  • Makes a great freezer meal once cooled
Collage of cheesy Kielbasa or smoked sausage, potatoes, broccoli skillet meal

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Printable Sausage and Potato Skillet Recipe

sausage, potato, onion, pepper and broccoli with cheese sprinkled on top makes an easy dinner

Sausage and Potato Skillet

Servings 4 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
This easy Sausage and Potato Skillet has been a longtime family favorite meal!  Kielbasa, frozen potatoes O'Brien and broccoli topped with cheese makes a delicious one-skillet meal that is also great for meal prep!  
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 pound Kielbasa or Smoked Sausage cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli or 4 cups of fresh broccoli
  • 1 bag frozen potatoes O'Brien
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt optional
  • pepper optional


  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  • Brown pieces of smoked sausage on each side, when browned set aside on a clean plate.
  • Ensure there is still oil in the skillet, add garlic, potatoes and broccoli, cover.
  • Stir occasionally until the potatoes and broccoli are cooked. Add oil if needed to prevent burning during the cooking process.
  • Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • When potatoes and broccoli are soft, no longer frozen and cooked to the desired doneness return sausage to skillet and sprinkle cheese over top. Takes 15 – 20 minutes to cook. Serve warm.


Calories: 620kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 23gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1156mgPotassium: 484mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 283IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 2mg

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  1. 4 stars
    This turned out good, but only after some definite seasoning. Added some salt, even though the sausage has salt. Alot of black pepper, and I added a bit of crushed red pepper before topping with cheese.

  2. This was really tasty and it was a great way to use up some leftover smoked sausage I had from another recipe. My potatoes never got crisp, and were a little mushy. Next time, I’ll steam the broccoli in the microwave and drain, then add it when adding back the sausage.

  3. I think I will microwave the broccoli as well, as I am using fresh potatoes.

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