Sausage Stew

Sausage, potato, and Cheddar cheese stew is a recipe you don’t want to miss. Smoked sausage, creamy potatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese combine beautifully for a delicious stew you need to try.

sausage stew topped with cheddar cheese in a bread bowl.

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What Makes This Homemade Sausage Stew With Potatoes So Good? 

A hardy stew is a perfect meal when the weather turns chilly. And when that stew is chock-full of smoky sausages, fluffy potatoes, and gooey cheddar cheese in a creamy chicken broth, it can be difficult to resist a second helping.

Thankfully this hearty sausage stew recipe is so easy and inexpensive to make that you will want to put it on permanent rotation during the colder months. 

Why This Is the One Recipe for Sausage Stew You Should Try 

Just dump all the ingredients for this set-it-and-forget-it meal into a slow cooker before you go out, and you will have the ultimate feel-good meal waiting for you when you return.

Serve the stew in a bowl or make it extra special with a bread bowl. Either way, you and your family are going to love it. 

Ingredients For Smoked Sausage Stew

For the stew, you’ll need:

  • Smoked sausage
  • Chicken broth, low-sodium is fine
  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • White onion
  • Heavy cream
  • Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded

To serve the stew, you’ll need:

  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Olive oil
  • Round bread loaves
sausage stew ingredients.

How To Cook Sausage Stew With Potatoes

To prepare the ingredients:

  1. Peel the potatoes.
  2. Chop the smoked sausages, peeled potatoes, and white onion into roughly the same size cubes.

To make potato and sausage stew in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven or another heavy-bottomed, oven-safe pot with a lid over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add the chopped sausage and onion to the pot and cook until they color.
  4. Stir in the remaining stew ingredients. 
  5. Turn the heat to high and bring the stew to a boil. Turn off the heat.
  6. Cover the pot and put it in the oven to braise for three hours. 

To make the sausage stew recipe in a slow cooker:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chopped sausage and onion to the pan and cook until they color.
  3. Transfer the sausage and onions to the slow cooker and add the remaining stew ingredients. 
  4. Stir well.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 6 hours.
sausage stew before cooking.

To make the bread bowls:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. 
  2. Cut the top off each of the round bread loaves. 
  3. Use your fingers to pick out the bread leaving the sides and bottom at least a half-inch thick. You can eat the bread you remove or save it for making bread crumbs or croutons. 
  4. Brush the inside of the bread bowl with olive oil.
  5. Place the bread bowls on a baking tray and put them in the oven until the interior becomes crusty; about five minutes. 
hollowed out round loaf of bread.

How to serve:

  1. Ladle a portion of the stew into a bowl or bread bowl, if using. 
  2. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Garnish with sprigs of thyme, rosemary, or parsley if desired.
overhead view of sausage stew in a bread bowl on a plate and a spoon.

Recipe Variations

Switch things up by swapping out the type of sausages. A few good alternatives are sweet or hot Italian sausages, kielbasa, or even chorizo if you like things a bit spicy. 

Yukon Gold potatoes are perfect in this dish, but you can also use red or new potatoes since they hold up well in a stew.

Feel free to substitute diced carrots or parsnips for all or some of the potatoes. Add celery or beans for more vegetables. You can also add a bunch of coarsely chopped kale to the stew for the last hour of cooking time. 

What To Eat With Sausage Stew 

A few slices of crusty bread is a great side dish, especially if you are not serving the stew in a bread bowl. A simple salad is also a great option. 

How To Store It

Like most stews, potato and sausage stew stores well. In fact, it may even taste better after a night in the fridge. You can keep the stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to five days, but the potatoes will soak up a lot of the broth and start to break down. 

Keep the stew for up to three months in the freezer. Store the stew in portion-sized freezer bags to make reheating simpler. 

What Is the Best Way to Reheat Sausage Stew

The best way to reheat thawed stew is on the stovetop:

  1. Put the stew in a saucepan and stir in some chicken stock or water to thin it out. 
  2. Cover the saucepan with a lid and bring the stew to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remember to stir the stew occasionally to prevent scorching.
  3. Once the stew is simmering, heat for another minute or two with the lid on. 

If you are in a rush, try heating the stew in the microwave:

  1. Put a portion of the stew in a microwavable bowl. 
  2. Cover with a damp paper towel to prevent splatters.
  3. Microwave for one minute, and stir the stew. 
  4. Continue to microwave using 30-second bursts until the stew is hot. Stir the stew after each 30-second burst.
overhead view of sausage stew in a bread bowl.

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Sausage Stew

Sausage Stew with potatoes and cheddar cheese is a hearty soup that is hard to resist. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sausage Potato and Cheddar Cheese Stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 748kcal


  • 16 ounces sausage cubed (Eckrich brand is recommended)
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 4 bread loaves


  • Place all the ingredients (except for the bread) in a slow cooker or Dutch oven. If using a slow cooker, cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8 hours. If using a Dutch oven, cover and bake at 350°F for 3 hours.
  • Make the bread bowls by slicing the top off the bread loaves and scooping out the inside, leaving an inch around the sides and bottom.
  • Ladle the stew into the bread bowls and sprinkle cheese on top if desired. Serve immediately.


Calories: 748kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 1586mg | Potassium: 1521mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 9.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Michelle Shilts

    Instead of using a large sausage, would it be okay to use little smoky sausages? Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

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