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I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. – Anne of Green Gables
The temperatures dropped down into the 60’s this week. I’ve got my long boots and wool scarves ready to go. It’s my favorite time of year.
Fortunately for my family, it’s also the time of year where they’ll find me in the kitchen more. Fall means warm meals straight from the oven or stovetop.
Mmmmm…there’s nothing like autumn.
But let’s be real for a minute. Though I’m in the kitchen more (because the oven won’t make it miserable like it tends to do during Texas summers), I’m still a busy mom. I’ve got deadlines. Kiddo has homework. After-school schedules are hard to keep up with. With fall comes more cooking, but I find that simple, one pot meals, are a still great time-saver.
Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite one pot meals – smoked sausage and potatoes!
I love smoked sausage recipes…and with Eckrich, a brand that has been around for generations, there is a true smokehouse taste. I regularly choose Eckrich Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage for many fall recipes, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Why One Pot Meals?
They are a time-saver, plain and simple. For this mom, being able to throw everything (protein, veggie, and starch) into one large skillet and cook helps me be efficient. It couldn’t be easier and I’m hoping to find other one pot meals to add to my recipes.
I adore using my cast iron skillet for one pot meals, but you can make anything work (electric skillet, etc). That’s why this recipe is perfect for busy moms.
My smoked sausage and potatoes recipe has been around for a long time. I first tasted it when my mom’s friend was babysitting, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
First things first, you have to find the right smoked sausage.
For that I head to my local Kroger, where I find Eckrich Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage in the refrigerated section close to breakfast and lunch meats.
While I choose the Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage, you could also use Polska Kielbasa Skinless Smoked Sausage.
I’ve had both with this particular recipe and it is incredible either way.
One Pot Meals: Smoked Sausage and Potatoes
Let’s get into the kitchen and get to work.
I package of Eckrich Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage 14oz above
1 yellow onion, chopped
2-3 medium brown potatoes, peeled and then diced (add more potatoes to stretch the meal farther)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin not necessary)
A pinch of salt
Optional: 1 green bell pepper, diced
Cut smoked sausage into slices 1/4 – 1/3 inch thick. Then take each slice and cut into fourths, so they are smaller and a uniform size for easier cooking.
Prepare your skillet over medium heat.
Once your skillet is warm, add olive oil.
Add onions and smoked sausage to skillet.
Cook until tender and the smoked sausage is browning just a bit.
Add in potatoes and reduce heat to medium low.
Cook while stirring often, so as not to burn, until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked. Varies from 15-30 minutes depending on how small you diced your potatoes.
(Optional – Add in green pepper as you see your potatoes are almost done)
Add a pinch of salt to taste.
We love this for both a warm breakfast on a chilly fall day or for dinner!
One pot meals help ensure that I get a hot meal on the table (and don’t cave and order-out)! Be sure to check out this great resource for weekly meal ideas!
Do You Have Any Favorite One Pot Meals?