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Instant Pot “Cheesy” Sausage Chowder

This Instant Pot Dairy Free “Cheesy” Sausage Chowder is so good it feels like you’re doing something wrong.

Comfort food at it’s finest! This clean eating dish is perfect for the cooler months ahead.

When we gave up dairy a couple of years ago I wanted to find things that satisfied our hunger like a nice cheesy and creamy soup without the icky ingredients and resulting belly ache. I began exploring vegan options and cashew substitutions. I could not believe how much the protein in cashews could satisfy just like heavy cream and cheese.

No need to feel left out this Fall while everyone enjoys their delicious dairy filled chowders. You can indulge in something that tastes equally as good without disrupting your digestion.

This recipe took a lot of trial and error but I finally found the perfect recipe to satisfy our cravings! Let me tell you there is never a drop of this left! My husband and kiddos gobble this up faster than I can sit it on the table. I can guarantee you won’t hear any complaints about this recipe and everyone will be begging for seconds.

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5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot "Cheesy" Sausage Chowder

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  • 3 Grass-fed Sausage/Brats diced into 1/4 in pieces
  • 1 medium Sweet Potato cubed
  • 1 medium Apple cored and diced
  • 1/2 large Onion diced
  • 2 large handfuls of Baby Spinach
  • 8 oz Grain Free Pasta of choice lentil, chickpea, black bean (all work well)
  • 1 cup Raw Cashews
  • 4 cups Water divided
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • Place sausage, sweet potatoes, apples, onion, baby spinach and pasta in your Instant Pot Pressure cooker.
  • Using a high powdered blender, like the Vitamix, blend 1 cup raw cashews, 2 cups water, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 2 tsp sea salt, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 tsp black pepper on high until cashews have completely dissolved.
  •  Pour mixture in the Instant Pot. Add the two remaining cups of water to the blender and swish around to get all the extra goodies. Add to the Instant Pot and stir.
  • Put the lid on your pressure cooker, make sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position. Select the MANUAL function and use the +/- buttons until the pot reads 10 minutes.
  • When the pot has finished cooking let it naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes. If the pin hasn't dropped yet open the vent valve.
Servings: 6
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. Hiya! Loving your recipes!
    For this one, what could one substitute for the vegan-cheesy-ness? We can’t have cashews in our house (or any tree nut), so what could I use instead? perhaps some type of pre-made vegan creamy soup? Or even a non-vegan one…. we eats lots of dairy around here 🙂

  2. Trying to make this tonight. My pot won’t come to pressure. It’s been thru like 5 pressurize cycles. I think the sauce is too thick & it’s making like a crust at the bottom of the pot.

      1. The first time I made this it was great. The second time I stirred and it did this. Will try the no stir method next time.

  3. Just got my pot & have not even done water test yet. Need to lose 100#. You look great. What does the yeast do in this recipe? What makes the soup thick? I can’t think only 1 cup of cashews do. Can the yeast be left out?

  4. I tried this recipe and it was delish, and very filling. Just curious about calories. Because of cashews i imagine one serving is about 400+. Keep recipes coming!!!! Love them.

  5. So I have nut allergies in my house but dairy is actually ok. What were you technically subbing out for the cashews? Milk?

  6. I just found your recipes and am very excited to try the Instant Pot ones! I am allergic to cashews. What other substitution would you suggest?

  7. I have had a very bad reaction to the trader joes nutritional yeast. Is there another nutritional yeast I can try. I had such a bad headache migraine
    and thought I needed to go to the doctor.

  8. This is one of my favorite recipes so far!. I didn’t know there were different kinds of Nutritional yeasts, so I bought Bragg’s. It turned out a little too thick (I’ll add more water next time) and it looked “grainy”, like it had quinoa in it, but that could be the Bragg’s yeast? I used red lentil rotini pasta and my family didn’t even notice b/c it completed “dissolved” into the chowder to make it even more thick and creamy! I was amazed at how cheesy it tasted! I will definitely make this again! Thank you for your recipes! (By the way, Bragg’s has folic acid….I was confused at first until I saw the link to the brand you buy!)

  9. I made this tonight and was surprised how “cheesy” it actually was! I did find it to be a bit too sweet for my taste preference. Have you made this without the apple or with any additional spices like garlic? I really enjoyed the texture! Thanks Brittany.

  10. I heard from a friend how awesome the lasagna recipe was so I am looking forward to trying this over the weekend.
    Thank you for sharing. ALWAYS looking for ways to lose some weight, a lifetime struggle.

  11. I’d like to make this, but don’t have an IP. Any suggestions on how I could make it in my crockpot? Thanks for any help!

  12. I made this over the weekend and it was great! It was a nice “cheesy” texture and taste even without cheese.

  13. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. It was fantastic! I’m always trying to find non-dairy “creamy” eats for my husband. This hit the mark. I can’t wait to make it for my all about dairy family and see if they can tell a difference!

  14. We just made this tonight. It is so yummy!! I didn’t have a sweet potato, so I used a white potato.
    My one problem… It gave me my first ever burn notice! After the notice I added 1 cup veggie broth, stired and scrapped the bottom, and tried again. I then got another burn notice! Luckily by then the noodles and everything were cooked so I called it a day. I will definitely make it again, just not sure how to avoid the burn.

    1. I’m currently trying to make this and I keep getting the same thing!! I never have this happen- I wonder what it is

      1. I made this again last night. After adding 3 extra cups of veggie broth, I was still getting burn notices. 4 in total last night. By then everything except the potatoes were fully cooked so I left it on keep warm with the lid on for about 15 minutes while I finished other things. By then the potatoes were cooked. I would love to be able to make this without it burning to the bottom, but it’s so good, I might just put up with it and keep making it anyway.

    1. The nutritional yeast gives it the cheese taste. I believe the cashews are for fatty texture. Try macadamia nuts instead.

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve made this before with no problems but tonight I made it and it gave me the burn notice 3 times. I finally took it out and put it in a pot to cook it. The only thing I did different is I used frozen sweet potato but it wasn’t stuck to the bottom. It was the pasta that was stuck.

    Please help.

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