Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal

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The easiest 20-minute Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal! This simple dinner can all be made in one pan and is loaded with flavor!

Pair this dinner with a simple side salad such as this Cucumber Salad, Strawberry Salad, or an easy appetizer such as Bruschetta.

Overhead photo of Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal. Potatoes and sausage in 20 minutes? How can that be possible?! But no gimmicks here. You really can have this delicious, easy, and healthy-ish dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less!

What kind of wizardry gets potatoes on your table that fast? A little microwave “hack!” 

Today our one-skillet dish starts with microwaving baby gold potatoes until just barely tender. They’ll later get crisped up and delicious in the skillet with herbs, olive oil, and a little butter.

We’re also using smoked sausage, so all it really needs is to be warmed through in the skillet. And meanwhile, it’s being infused with plenty of flavor, thanks to the seasonings. I like using turkey sausage because it keeps this dish on the healthier side but use any smoked sausage and you’ll be in business for a 20-minute meal. Image of the Yukon gold baby potatoes that go in this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal.

How to make this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal

  • Microwave baby potatoes: The smaller your baby Yukon golds are, the quicker this will go. Typically, 5-7 minutes and your potatoes will be ready.
  • Prep ingredients: While the potatoes are microwaving, chop the shallot and red pepper. And no judgment for jarred garlic here, because, well, 20 minutes is a priority right now.
  • Cook: In go the shallot and garlic first, followed by red bell pepper. And while the pepper is cooking, you can chop the tender potatoes so they’re ready to add the skillet. Potatoes are in now and finally, sausage.
  • Sauce: While everything is getting crispy, you can whip up a creamy Dijon sauce if you’re someone who enjoys a creamy element. The sauce uses only three ingredients, so it goes quickly. It’s also totally optional; my family loves this meal whether I include the sauce or not.

QUICK TIP

What makes smoked sausage so special? It’s (generally speaking) the only sausage that is already cooked, so it only needs a few minutes to heat through. Breakfast sausage, Italian sausage links, brats, chorizo and many other sausages are sold raw, and therefore need additional cooking time before adding to the skillet.

Image of the red bell peppers being sautéed for this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet meal.

Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal variation ideas

  • I mentioned the Dijon sauce, which goes well with the sausage and potatoes, but another great topping is Parmesan cheese. Freshly grated with a microplane is the best!
  • While we love and I highly recommend the baby Yukon gold potatoes, baby reds will work here as well.
  • The shallot delivers a bit more of a sweet and mild flavor, but a yellow onion will also work in its place.
  • Any sweet bell pepper or even a green bell pepper will work well in this dish.
  • Add 1 cup frozen corn right at the end when adding in the sausage.
  • Try an herby sauce in place of the Dijon sauce topping this skillet dinner. The sauce on this Chimichurri Chicken would be delicious!
  • Different sausage: We love using turkey sausage, to keep this on the healthier side, but use whatever sausage you like best. If it’s not smoked, you’ll want to cook it first and then set it aside on a separate plate while preparing the rest of the dish. (This obviously will increase prep time a bit.)
  • Don’t want to use the microwave? You can parboil your potatoes instead; it will just increase prep time!

Image of the potatoes being added to the sautéed peppers where they'll all cook together for this Potato and Sausage Skillet Meal.A note about Spices 

  • The intensity and quality of spices varies from brand to brand. I recommend good-quality spices for this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal. Depending on the spices you have, you may need to increase the amount.
  • I love, love roasted California garlic powder; it adds so much to this meal. This is a Private Selection® brand from Kroger stores (not sponsored, just a fan!). Or course, any garlic powder works, but make sure to give this dish a taste and increase as needed.
  • With so few spices and ingredients, the ingredients you use matter. 

Image of the sausage being added to the peppers and potatoes for this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal.Now you’re all set to make this Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal. And that will probably go quicker than reading this post did!

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Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal

4.86 from 7 votes
The easiest 20-minute Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal! This simple dinner can all be made in one pan and is loaded with flavor!
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Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal

4.86 from 7 votes
The easiest 20-minute Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Meal! This simple dinner can all be made in one pan and is loaded with flavor!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Sausage and Potatoes Skillet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings
Calories 423kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 large red pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 2 cloves)
  • 1 package (13 ounces) smoked sausage (we use turkey sausage to keep this on the healthier side!) sliced into coins
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • Optional: fresh chopped parsley
  • Serve with: freshly grated Parmesan cheese or dipping sauce (Note 1)

Instructions

  • Place potatoes in a single layer on a large microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Flip potatoes over and continue to microwave for about 2-3 minutes longer. (If the potatoes are larger, they'll take a couple of minutes longer; pierce each potato once with a fork if needed) The potatoes should be tender. Let cool slightly then cut in half then half again to get quarters.
  • While potatoes are cooling, finely chop the shallot and chop the red pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a large heavy-bottomed pot (12 inches or larger). Heat to medium heat, and as soon as the butter is nearly melted, add in the shallot. Stir for 1 minute and add in the garlic and stir for about 20-30 seconds. Lower heat if either are cooking too quickly. Add in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chopped red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon for 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, slice the sausage into coins on the diagonal. Push the red pepper to the side and add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the potatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the potatoes and coat all ingredients. 
  • Push everything to the side, add in the sausage, and cook for another 2-4 minutes, until all the oil/butter is fully absorbed, veggies are crisp-tender, and sausage is heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I add about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.) Increase any spices as desired. (Spices can greatly vary based on brand, so you might want more.) 
  • Serve with freshly chopped parsley and sauce (See Note 1) if desired.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: To make the creamy Dijon sauce, whisk together 1/3 cup whole grain (or stone ground) Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. (This sauce is likely more than you'll need for this dish unless you like a lot of sauce, so feel free to halve the ingredients.)
Nutritional information does not include Parmesan cheese or Dijon sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 1238mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2994IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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25 Comments

  1. This sounds yummy! How would you prepare the potatoes if you didn’t want to soften in the microwave first?

    Also, if you wanted to add corn as well when would you do that?
    Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this using turkey sausage and turned out great. Made creamy sauce too and it added so many layers of flavor. Really loved it. Had just enough left overs to add cheese and eggs for omelet next day.

  3. I see so many of these recipes that direct to soften potatoes in a microwave for a few minutes. I must live in a time dilation loop because softening potatoes in my microwave takes anywhere between 15-25 minutes. That creamy dijon sauce, I really did not care for. I prefer just using a nice dijon mustard on it’s own with some parmesan cheese grated on top. But other than that, good recipe. I’ve done variations of this in the past using Kielbasa.

    1. I think a lot has to do with your microwaves wattage. Mine is 1200 watts and so a lot faster than a 500 what microwave. I can do 3 medium potatoes for 8 min and they’ll be good to go after.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for a really incredible recipe! Simple but packed with flavours. This dish is out of this world with the recommended Chimichurri sauce. It ads a beautiful brightness to the warmth and earthiness of the sausage and potato.

    1. I’m so happy to hear you loved this recipe Julietta! Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

  5. This was a hit! I used a whole bag of Melissa’s baby yellow potatoes, so I had to cook the potatoes separately cuz my pan wasn’t big enough. I just cooked the sausage, peppers & onions with the spices, then put them in a bowl, cooked the potatoes & combined them at the end. It worked out great. I made the Dijon sauce and added it to the pan right before I served it and it really added nice flavor. The only thing I might do next time is spice it up a little. Hot sauce maybe? Or cayenne pepper. But it was delicious, made a ton and hubby and teenager ate 2 helpings!

    1. So happy this was a hit 🙂 Yes I think cayenne pepper would be a great addition to add some spice for next time 🙂

  6. 4 stars
    I had no peppers, used 1/3 cup chopped white onion. Learned that I should do all prep in advance because it cooks so fast. Tastes great.

  7. I just made this recipe but without the peppers or sauce. It’s delish. I didn’t have enough room in my pan to properly crisp up the sausage. I don’t know if there’s a pan big enough for that with all the other ingredients.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed! You can use more than one tray and cook at the same time or you can buy a larger sheet pan! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I just made this for dinner! It turned out delicious and I love how quick and easy and nutritious this recipe is!! Thank you so much for sharing! 10 out of 10

    1. I’m worried there wouldn’t be enough flavor and it would be a bit dry; you’d probably want to add a sauce of some sort

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe was so yummy! I always need to double the recipe to feed 4 grown boys and myself, but it came out delicious! I actually stirred the Dijon mustard sauce in to the mixture before serving.

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