This easy one pot meal combines the big flavor of kielbasa with rice and mustard greens. It tastes amazing and with the help of the Instant Pot it is quick and easy to make.
If you are trying to get more greens in your family, recipes like this are the way to do it. Not only is this an easy meal to make, but it tastes amazing and gets a full bag of greens on the table and in your belly.
Whether you are growing your own greens, getting them from a local gardener, or picking them up at the store, greens are plentiful right now. And of course the are so good for you.
We got a big bag of mustard greens from our CSA and I was debating on how to use them. I was tempted to cook them down with some bacon, but we had done that a couple of times recently with collard greens and chard.
So it was time to do something different. Kielbasa seemed like the perfect way to still get a bit of smokey flavor into the greens.
We really enjoy eating collard greens with rice and Italian sausage, so I decided to do a twist on that recipe. And I broke out the Instant Pot to make it even easier to make.
The results were super tasty and filling too. It’s a perfect weeknight meal.
A Little Bit About Mustard Greens
Mustard greens aren’t quite as popular as kale or collards, but they are still delicious. They are a bit lighter in color and more tender than kale and they have a spicier flavor.
Mustard greens can be eaten raw. Adding a bit of chopped mustard greens to salads adds a peppery bite and great texture.
But we prefer to eat them cooked. Like most greens, they really wilt down and become a lot more tender after being cooked.
Mustard greens are loaded with nutrients. According to WebMD, they have more vitamin A than spinach and more vitamin C than oranges.
Tips and Tricks
If you don’t have mustard greens, or don’t like the spicy flavor, you can easily substitute other hearty greens. Try this recipe with kale, chard or collard greens if you would like. All would still be nutritious and tasty.
You can also experiment with different types of sausage. Italian sausage would be delicious as well, but the kielbasa does add a nice smokey flavor.
To keep from getting the burn warning, be sure to scrape up any bits off the bottom of the Instant Pot insert when you add the broth. Those bits are big flavor, but can indicate to the pressure cooker that things are getting stuck and burning.
If you have leftovers, they store well and make a great lunch for later. Just put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
More Great Recipes Featuring Greens and Sausage
Another great one pot meal is Italian sausage with kale and farro made in the Instant Pot. Like this recipe, it is filling and nutritious with very little effort.
Or try cooking sausage, kale and acorn squash together on a sheet pan for an easy supper. The combination of flavors and textures really is quite yummy.
Sausage and kale quiche is a great way to bring this combination to the brunch table. Though we like making quiche for dinner as well.
Or make creamy pasta with Italian sausage and chard. It is another quick and simple way to get more greens on the dinner table.
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Kielbasa with Rice and Mustard Greens in the Instant Pot
- 1 bag mustard greens
- 12 oz. Kielbasa sausage
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ cups chicken stock
- 1 cup long grain rice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- optional: pinch red pepper flakes
- Wash mustard greens. If there are any big ribs, remove them. Though if they are tender, they can stay. Then roughly chop the greens. Set aside.
- Cut the kielbasa into bite sized pieces. Put in Instant Pot and turn on sauté function until they brown up a bit.
- Add the diced onion and sauté until the onion is translucent.
- Stir in the garlic powder, then deglaze the pan with the chicken broth. Make sure to get up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. Turn off the sauté function.
- Add rice and seasonings to the pot.
- Layer the mustard greens on top of the rice and sausage.
- Put the lid on the instant pot and press the button for the rice setting.
- When the food is rice is cooked, you can let it naturally release or do a quick release.
- Stir the greens into the rice and serve.