Cheesy Hash Browns and Kielbasa ~ Quick and Frugal One-Dish Meal

The other evening I needed something extremely quick, but I was not in the mood for any of my other quick go to dinners. I looked in the freezer for some inspiration and this concoction just came to me. This one-dish dinner is satisfying, frugal, and goes from the freezer to table in mere minutes.

You can easily change it up with whatever you happen to have on hand. I will very likely add sliced mini peppers next time just to add some more color, texture, and pizazz.

I also used shredded hash browns this time, but will likely use the cubed style next time if I have it handy. I think it will add a bit of variety to the texture. This basic “recipe” can be changed to fit whatever you have in your freezer really… different sausages, veggies that do well sauteed, etc.

This is also extremely easy to make gluten free; mine was. You just need to select gluten free versions of all the ingredients. The hash browns, kielbasa, and shredded cheese all come in gluten free and “gluten full” versions, so just watch your labels.

Cheesy Hash Browns and Kielbasa

Stephanie Parker
Quick and Frugal One-Dish Meal


  • avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 pkg of hash browns cubed or shredded ~ Gluten Free, in needed ~ I used Ore-Ida
  • 1 large onion sliced (or medium if you don't like a lot of onion)
  • 1 pkg of kielbasa ~ Gluten Free in needed ~ I used John Morrell
  • 2 cups or less of Sharp Cheddar Cheese ~ Gluten Free, if needed ~ I used Kraft
  • granulated garlic to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste (I actually didn't use any salt)


  • In a 12-inch skillet, heat the oil a bit over a medium-high heat (about 2 spins with the oil around the skillet).
  • Add the frozen hash browns carefully. Break up if necessary. After the hash browns are no longer frozen (a couple of minutes), add in the sliced onion.
  • Add your granulated garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. (You can add more near the end, too, if desired.)
  • Thaw the kielbasa in your microwave, if needed. Be careful not to start the cooking process in the microwave, though. When thawed, cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces.
  • As the hash browns and onions start to brown, flip them over.
  • Now, break up the hash browns and onions. Then add the pieces of kielbasa into the skillet and stir.
  • Continue to flip/stir everything occasionally in order to cook evenly and to achieve some browning.
  • When it is fully cooked and brown enough for your liking, add the shredded cheese. The dish is done when the cheese has melted.
This would be wonderful served with a simple salad, We each had a small handful of cherry tomatoes with ours. What are some of your quick, easy, and/or frugal go-to meals? Tell us about them in the comments section.


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