Pressure-Cooked Cheesy Sausage and Quinoa

Cheesy sausage and quinoa is an easy protein-packed dinner I recently made in my trusty instant pot. I would say the inspiration for this dish came alot from a soup I’ve made in the past. That Cheeseburger Soup is a delicious recipe I’ve made on my stove top or in a slow cooker. I get that recipe from a cookbook called The Joy of Sharing, which is a collection of recipes from people associated with the Bald Eagle Boys Camp. It was printed and copyrighted in 2007 by Morris Press Cookbooks.

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But for my recipe, the hamburger and potatoes are replaced with sausage and quinoa.  I also used a different spice to season mine. And there is no milk or sour cream in Cheesy Sausage and Quinoa. The veges though are the same. I will mention quinoa has a unique taste. It’s possibly best to try it first in dishes like this where it will absorb the flavor of the dish. I should give Once A Month Cooking a nod of credit too, for showing me that cheese and quinoa can go together. I make their Cheesy Quinoa and Vegetables contributed by Kim, on occasion.

First, I sauteed the sausage on normal mode in my instant pot {affiliate link}.  I actually used our green onion-flavored sausage from Our Second Year Raising Our Own Pork. But it would be fine I think to use regular-flavored sausage. I added an additional 1/3 cup of chopped onion, along with 2 teaspoon of minced garlic, and 1 cup of chopped celery to saute as well. Just cook until the sausage is no longer pink. If your sausage has extra oil, I would drain that out before going to the next step.

Next, add 1 cup of shredded carrots, 4 cups of chicken broth, and 2 cups of uncooked quinoa. Use the broth and water to help scrape loose any sausage that may have stuck to the bottom of the pot. Then turn the cooker off.  After that, I put in the spices of 2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning {affiliate link}. If you aren’t familiar with that seasoning it’s often used for seafood, but can be used with a variety of meats and in other ways. It’s a familiar spice to many in the state of Maryland. I also used it in making Maryland Old Bay Instant Pot Chicken Wings.

Now it’s time to set the lid on top of the instant pot. I kinda like the little tune it plays when you put the lid in place. Turn the black handle on top toward “Sealing”. And finally set Manual high pressure for 10 minutes. When the pot signals that it has finished cooking, do a quick pressure release by safely turning the black handle to “Venting”. Once all the pressure is released, remove the lid and tip it sideways to set it in the handy slots in the handles.

I added the shredded cheddar cheese at this point. I didn’t actually measure, but 1 1/2 cups is a good estimate. Add to your taste. I try to keep a bag of shredded cheese on hand in my freezer all the time for cooking. Of course once the cheese is added, stir the contents of the instant pot well. Grab some bowls and serve immediately. You can use it as a one dish dinner or add a side of fruit if you like.

pressure-cooked cheesy sausage and quinoa

Pressure-cooked Cheesy Sausage and Quinoa
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 8+ servings
A one dish meal high in protein cooked quickly in your instant pot or electric pressure cooker.
  • 1 pound sausage
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (in jar of water kind)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Saute sausage on normal mode in your instant pot or other electric pressure cooker.
  2. After a few minutes add onion, garlic, and celery.
  3. Continue to saute till sausage is no longer pink.
  4. Drain excess oil from pot.
  5. Return inner pot to pressure cooker.
  6. Add carrots, broth, quinoa, and water.
  7. Cook for a few minutes to remove any bits of meat stuck to bottom of pot.
  8. Turn off cooker.
  9. Add salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning.
  10. Put lid in place on pressure cooker and turn the black steam release valve to "sealing"
  11. Program pot for 10 minutes of manual high pressure.
  12. When the time is finished, do a quick pressure release by turning valve to "venting".
  13. Open lid and stir contents.
  14. Then add the shredded cheese and stir until well combined.
  15. Ready to be served.

pressure-cooked cheesy sausage and quinoa

A main dish recipe with sausage, quinoa, and vegetables pressure cooked in an instant pot or electric pressure cooker.


I am married with three young children. My husband and I are both registered nurses. I like to try new ideas out, and will obsessively research whatever that latest idea is. We like to try different ways to decrease our living costs and save money. My husband is great at building/fixing/diy etc. and figuring out how to implement my new schemes.

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