Cajun, Instant Pot, Recipes, Sausage

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya (Instant Pot)

I have no idea where I found this recipe but it is fantastic! I love it so much! If I owe you credit, please drop me an email. This recipe is so good and full of vegetables. The flavor is great and super easy. The easy part of this recipe makes this taste even better.


  • 2 Tablespoons light butter spread (butter or oil)
  • 12 Ounces Andouille Sausage (sliced into circular pieces)
  • 1 Medium, Green Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Medium, White Onion (diced)
  • 1 Celery Stalk (chopped)
  • 5 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
  • 2+ tsp low sodium Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried Thyme 
  • 3/4 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 (14 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes (with juices)
  • 3/4 Cup Long Grain White Rice
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


  1. Set the Instant Pot to “Sauté.”
  2. Add the oil to the pot then add onions, pepper, and celery stirring while scraping the bottom. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. 
  3. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds while continuing to stir. Hit cancel on your pressure cooker
  4. Add the Creole seasoning, thyme, cooked sausage, tomatoes, and broth stir well.
  5. Add the rice to the top of the mixture and press the rice down into the liquid. Do not sure again.
  6. Close the lid, make sure the valve is set to “sealing,” and push the manual button then put the time on 10 minutes.
  7. Once it starts beeping allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 5 minutes turn the pressure valve to release completing a quick release. Remove lid and stir. 
Cajun, Recipes, Soup

Johnson Family Gumbo

In my family we have many variations of gumbo. It really depends on which part of Louisiana you grew up in, as to what your gumbo looks like or what is in it. This receipt is a comb of several family recipes. I took what I loved from each one and added it together. This turned out fantastic. I am very happy with it, and it will be our go to gumbo. There are many things you can do to make it a little fresher. Homemade broth, fresh okra, homemade stewed tomatoes and so on. I hope you love it as much as we do. I know that in many parts of the country and world you will not be able to find the same ingredients but if you look online you can find replacements that may work just fine.


  • 1-pound andouille sausage cut into 1-1/2 pieces
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup bacon drippings
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 3 stalk celery


  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-14oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp pepper white
  • 4 bouillon cubes
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp Tony Chachere’s seasoning or other Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (leave out to reduce the spiciness)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Additional Ingredients:

  • 48 ounces plus more bone broth
  • ¼ pound smoked ham hock
  • 1-pound shrimp, cleaned, deveined and shells removed
  • 1-pound crawfish tails cleaned and deshelled
  • 16oz frozen Okra slices
  • 1 cup green onion sliced
  • Crystals hot sauce for extra heat
  • Cooked white rice
  • Additional Salt to taste


  1. Using a 6-quart add chunked sliced sausage to the pot. Cook until the sausage has a nice brown crust on it. You will not want to cook this on too high of a heat to prevent burning. Watch it closely.
  2. Once the sausage is crispy remove it from the pot and set it aside. Leave the drippings in the pot.
  3. Next add flour to the pot. Turn your heat to a medium heat. Whisk the flour until it becomes the color of peanut butter this is the process of creating a roux. You must watch the flour close or it will burn fast.
  4. Next quickly whisk in the bacon drippings and the butter into the browned flour. This will create a thin paste. You will need to continue watching closely. The paste should start to darken up. You will continue to cook your roux until it becomes a chocolate brown color. The color is important because it adds flavor.
  5. Next add the bell pepper, onion, and celery and mix well into the roux. Continue to cook until the vegetables soften. Next add the garlic. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant. Next add stewed tomatoes and the Worcestershire sauce. Follow that by adding in the bouillon cubes and all of the spices and mix well.
  6. Next add in 48 ounces of bone broth and the smoked ham hock and add the sausage back in. Bring the pot to a boil. Once the pot is at a rolling bowl. Turn the heat to a low simmer and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for two hours.
  7. Next add shrimp, crawfish, and okra. Cook for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes turn the heat off until you are ready to serve, then heat your gumbo up to desired heat. Add green onions and additional salt to taste.
  8. Serve over ½ cup of cooked white rice and top with additional sliced green onions and Crystals hot sauce for additional heat.
Beef, Instant Pot, pasta, Recipes

Instant Pot Meatballs and Creamy Noodles


I have been making this recipe for awhile. I have included the original recipe source below. Please note I have modified their recipe. The first time I made this recipe I didn’t give it a lot of hope. I didn’t think it would have a lot of flavor, but in fact it is bursting with flavor. We all enjoyed this recipe. This is one of those that is a go to recipe now.


  • 1 lbs. beef meatballs frozen or thawed
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups extra broad egg noodles (140g)
  • 1/2 cup half and half (you could use milk, heavy cream, canned milk, or sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  1. Add  beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir until spices are combined.
  3. Place meatballs in the Instant Pot
  4. Add noodles, spread into an even layer and press down gently but do not stir. Please note that the pasta will not be completely covered in  broth.
  5. Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes.
  6. When the cook time is over, open the valve to instantly release the pressure, then remove the lid.
  7. Whisk together cream and corn starch and stir into meatballs.
  8. Hit cancel on your Instant Pot, then turn your pot on sauté and cook and stir just until sauce has thickened.

Original Recipe Source

Beef, Instant Pot, Recipes

Hamburger Collaborator (Instant pot)



This recipe is very easy and delicious. I love any recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot. I don’t even put it away anymore. I use it so much that I have made a space for it on the counter. This is a copy cat recipe of Hamburger Helper. I have never eaten Hamburger Help so I cannot say either way, but my husband said that it is even better. He suggested not leaving out the cheese.


  • 1-pound lean ground beef (93/7)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½- tsp dried basil
  • 8 ounces’ rotini noodles, uncooked
  • 1-3/4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the beef. Break it up with a spoon (I use this tool*). Add in the onion. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil. Brown the beef and sauté the onion.
  2. Once the beef is browned, add in the uncooked pasta. Then pour the broth over the top. Dump the canned tomatoes over the top. Don’t stir.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes.
  4. Once the time is up let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting.
  5. Remove the lid and stir in the sour cream and mozzarella. If you want to thicken up the sauce you can stir in a cornstarch slurry (stir the cornstarch and milk together until smooth and then stir it into the pot). Salt and pepper to taste.

Modified Original Recipe Source


Appetizers, Beef, Recipes, Simi Homemade, Slow Cooker

General Tso Meatballs (Slow Cooker)


10This is an excellent recipe. It is full of flavor and fun. This can be served as an appetizer, or as a main dish. I have now served it both ways. This recipe makes an excellent pot luck recipe too.


  • 1 – 26oz bag frozen meatballs
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. ginger, minced or grated
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (More or less)
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 4 tsp. sesame seeds
  • Garnish with 4 green thinly sliced green onions


  1. Add one bag of frozen meatballs to a lined slow cooker (for easy clean up)
  2. In a bowl add remaining ingredients except, green onions and sesame seeds. Mix well
  3. Add sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and mix well. Covering all the meatballs.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The time will vary.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
  6. Serve over rice or on their own.

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