Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

This easy cheesy breakfast casserole is overflowing with sausage, eggs and hash browns. And it can be easily made the night before and baked the next day for breakfast.

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My mom and I were talking the other day about how different life would be if we lived a little closer to one another.

Right now, we live about 3 hours apart — close enough to definitely be able to drive and visit fairly often, but just far enough away that you can’t exactly grab coffee together on a whim.  But that’s what we were talking about.  It would be so fun to just be close enough to grab lunch together spontaneously!  Or pop over for a glass of wine on the back deck.  Or bribe her and my dad with cookies if they’d come help me unload a new sofa.  Or do our grocery shopping together.  You know, the random everyday things…together!

Sure, our time hanging out when they’re here or I’m there is great.  But we usually see each other over the course of a weekend or a few days back-to-back, and you can’t help but feel the pressure to squeeze in All The Things while we’re in the same city at the same time.  It’s like that with any long-distance relationships.  And we both have major roots in both of our cities, so I don’t see that changing anytime soon.  So we talk a lot on the phone, enjoy our time together in person when we can, and make the most of it.  You know, as you do 3 hours apart.  :)

Sadly, I am tied up in Kansas City this Sunday and won’t be able to make it to Wichita for Mother’s Day this year.  But you can bet your bottom dollar that if I lived there, I would love to sneak over to their house early in the morning and make her an surprise to start the day — this cheesy, sausage-y, potato-y, indulgent (and easy to prepare the night before!) easy breakfast casserole.  She would be a little surprised, and she might make some comment about how it’s not quite the light and healthy breakfast she usually eats, and then she would dive in.

Because that’s what moms do.  :)

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Yes, this casserole probably falls a little more on the “indulgent” side.  But I have had sooo many requests over the years for a basic breakfast casserole.  And on special occasions, or even just any ol’ day when you feel like a hearty breakfast, this classic recipe is guaranteed to start your day off with a smile.

I have made it (or a version of it) countless times over the years whenever I need a quick and easy meal to serve a crowd.  And I can attest that while it’s a definite crowd-pleaser, it’s also a cook-pleaser because it is super easy to make.  If you don’t want to wake up really early for breakfast, you can also prep it the night beforehand and then pop it in the oven the next day.  Win for you, and a win for your guests (or your mama!).

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The steps to make it are simple.  Just brown up some sausage.  (I highly recommend using “hot” Italian sausage, as it will help flavor the whole casserole.)  Then saute some onions, garlic and a red pepper.  (Or you can use a jar of roasted reds.)  Add those together with some whisked eggs, milk and cheese, and toss it all with the potatoes until combined.  Then pop it in a baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes.

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

Then once it’s nice and hot and bubbly and melted-cheesy, pull it out.

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

And top with some green onions, if you’d like some extra color.  Or diced avocados would also be lovely.

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

Then dish it up (and discover those eggs that have settled to the bottom and baked).

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

And dive in, just like my mom would.  ;)

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

So to my mom (who reads my blog faithfully each morning), happy early Mother’s Day!!!  I love you, and think you’re still my #1 Mom, and will make this for you (for realz) the next time I see you.  :)

And to all of you other mothers out there, my warmest wishes to you for a happy Mother’s Day as well!  You are changing this world every day, and we’re all better because of you.  Big hugs from KC to wherever you may be!

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Breakfast Casserole with Sausage, Hashbrowns and Eggs

This easy sausage, egg and hash brown casserole is simple to make, and always a crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (I prefer hot, but mild or sweet also work)
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced (or 1 jar of roasted red peppers, drained and diced)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 (20 ounce) bag frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • (optional topping: thinly sliced green onions)

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Add the sausage to a medium saute pan. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, crumbling the sausage with a spoon as it cooks. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of sausage grease in the saute pan, discarding the rest. Add the onion and red pepper* to the saute pan, and saute for 5 minutes until cooked. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes until fragrant. (If using the jarred roasted red peppers, wait to stir them until after the garlic.) Pour the vegetable mixture into the mixing bowl with the sausage. Add the hash browns and 1 1/2 cups cheese to the mixing bowl with the sausage and veggies. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and black pepper until combined. Then add them to the hashbrown mixture, and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a 11x7-inch or a 9x9-inch baking dish (a 9x13-inch dish will also work), and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes and the top of the potatoes begin to slightly brown. Remove and let the casserole rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve!

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Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Charlotte — June 15, 2016 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    How many does this serve

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

      Hi Charlotte! This makes about 8 servings. We hope you enjoy!

  2. Paul — July 5, 2016 @ 5:40 pm (#)

    Make it real good by pouring sausage gravy over the top of it, my son went nuts eating this.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6th, 2016 @ 9:16 pm

      That’s awesome Paul — we’re so glad he loved it! :)

  3. Katie — July 18, 2016 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    I’m making this for dinner tonight and I cannot WAIT to try it!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 18th, 2016 @ 9:57 pm

      Awesome Katie — we hope you love it!

  4. Flo — July 20, 2016 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    What is the nutritional breakdown? Why do you not make this information available? Looks good, just hoping it is not too caloric.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

      Hi Flo! We’re sorry but the reason we currently aren’t publishing nutrition facts on the site is the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  5. Ruthann — August 20, 2016 @ 2:27 pm (#)

     just wondering, can you make this I had of time and mix it all together except for the 80s and keep it in the refrigerator overnight and then in the morning at the eggs and cook it 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 21st, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

      Hi Ruthann! Yes, we think it would be fine to mix everything together ahead of time (except for the milk and eggs). We hope you enjoy!

  6. Marci — August 30, 2016 @ 9:43 am (#)

    Have you ever made a double or triple batch in a larger pan? If so, do you know how long I would need to bake it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 31st, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

      Hi Marci! We haven’t tried that so it’s difficult to say. However, because of the larger volume, it will take longer, it’s just hard to say how much longer. We’d recommend setting the timer for 25 minutes and then checking it every few minutes after that. Definitely let us know how it goes! :)

  7. Sarah — September 14, 2016 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    Do you find that this casserole reheats well? I’m trying to make this and divide ho for a quick reheat and go before school in the morning. 

    Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 16th, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

      Hi Sarah! Yes, this definitely reheats well. We hope you enjoy!

  8. Kari — September 16, 2016 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    I bet this could be cooked in muffin tin too for individual servings making it easier to reheat and go. Would just need to adjust cooking time.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 16th, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

      Yes, we think you could definitely do that — great thinking! :)

  9. McLemore — September 17, 2016 @ 11:40 am (#)

    I used frozen Potato O’Brien to make it even quicker and easier. Omit onions garlic and red pepper and add 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder and the thawed O’Briens.

  10. Mackenzie — September 17, 2016 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    Made this for my gluten free brother/sister in law and it was super tasty (though I did add some pepper jack cheese, parsley, and ground mustard). I can’t imagine it only taking 30 minutes total to bake though!! I put mine in a baking dish that looks a lot like the one in the pictures and it took over an hour before all the potatoes really felt soft/cooked to me. Then again I WAS thinking that the potatoes in the pictures (though beautiful pictures haha) do look like they are kind of crunchy. But to each her own. :) I will definitely make this again and put it in a larger dish to bake for around 45 min probably.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 18th, 2016 @ 6:37 pm

      Hi Mackenzie! We’re glad you enjoyed this, but we’re sorry it took you so much longer to bake! We wonder if the baking dish you used was a little smaller? Or maybe the potatoes were sliced a little thicker?

  11. Sue — October 1, 2016 @ 11:41 am (#)

    The potatoes look more like O’Brien styled potatoes rather than hash browns… I will be making this tomorrow morning to watch for our morning football game.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 5th, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

      We hope you enjoyed it, Sue! :)

  12. J. B. — October 2, 2016 @ 7:44 am (#)

    Love the blog. Just a heads-up..in your description you say

    “Just brown up some sausage. (I highly recommend using “hot” Italian sausage, as it will help flavor the whole casserole.) Then saute some onions, garlic and a red pepper. (Or you can use a jar of roasted reds.) Add those together with some whisked eggs, milk and cheese, and toss it all until combined. Then pop it in a baking dish and cook for about 30 minutes.”

    Looks like you left out the potatoes! Just my observation. About to cook this now :)

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 6:08 pm

      Whoops – typo! Thank you! :)

  13. Lisa — October 9, 2016 @ 11:05 am (#)

    Have you e very used  Flour tortillas and filled them with this?  Trying to take to work tomorrow for a breakfast 

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

      I haven’t, but I’m sure it would be delicious! Breakfast potato burritos! :)

  14. Betty Jaeger — October 19, 2016 @ 3:52 pm (#)

    Have you ever made this with pork sausage? If so, would you recommend it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

      We haven’t, but we think that would be delicious (especially if it’s a country-style pork sausage)! :)

  15. Stacy — October 27, 2016 @ 9:14 am (#)

    This is SO good! I made two of these on Saturday for our Monday-Friday breakfast. It keeps very well in the fridge and reheats nicely.
    Instead of only 20 ounces of potatoes, my store sells bags in 28 ounces as the smallest. So, I used the whole bag and it helped stretch the recipe a little bit.
    SUPER good!!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 28th, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Stacy — we’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe! :)

  16. Kim — October 30, 2016 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    Have you ever tried cooking the hash browns some first to give them some crunch? I love potatoes in my casseroles but my husband hates them soft, so was just wondering?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 9th, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

      Hi Kim! We haven’t tried that but we think it sounds like a great idea! :)

  17. Chris — October 31, 2016 @ 3:12 pm (#)

    Have you ever used Canadian bacon in place of the sausage? Or turkey bacon? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 11th, 2016 @ 11:45 am

      We haven’t, but you totally could (and either one would be yummy)! :)

  18. Traci D. — November 4, 2016 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Wonderful recipe. Make it for work birthdays and everyone RAVES about it. I’ve shared it again with four more people today. THANK YOU for your blog!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 14th, 2016 @ 11:19 am

      Thanks for sharing, Traci — we’re so happy you enjoy it! :D

  19. Michelle — November 10, 2016 @ 9:28 am (#)

    You can use those obrion potatoes with peppers and onions and add sausages or crumbled sausage, cook all in large frying pan, add scrambled eggs and add cheese at end , one pan and done. Make this just about every weekend morning for family of 4. Juice n toast and breakfast is served! Yours looks delish :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2016 @ 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Michelle!

  20. Cat — November 13, 2016 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    This is my second go around with this recipe and I think it turned out better this time.

    The only changes I made were to use the shredded hashbrown potatoes (and thawed them out in the microwave before I mixed them in), used a roll of pork sausage from the breakfast meats section of the grocery store, and put everything in a 9×13 pan to bake it.

    Needless to say, there are only three pieces left and I don’t think they will make it through the day tomorrow.

    Next time, we are going to try a little less onion and one more clove of garlic though (And maybe mix in some Weber’s Kickin Chicken dry spice in the egg mixture before pouring it over the hashbrowns… just to give it a little more spice)

    Thanks for the awesome recipe

  21. joanna — November 15, 2016 @ 4:58 am (#)

    I need to serve 20 hungry college students who will be sleeping in my house (so I will want to be quiet in the AM) — have you prepped all ingredients together the night before and stored to cook in AM? Looks like some people have done all but eggs and then added eggs and cooked but I would rather add all ingredients so I don’t have to move around in the kitchen too much. Let me know what you think. Thanks

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 18th, 2016 @ 3:10 pm

      Hi Joanna! Oh man, that’s a lot of college students! haha. We haven’t tried prepping this the night before, but we think you could definitely go ahead and have your onion, garlic, bell pepper, and green onions (if you use them) chopped, cheese shredded (unless you’re using already shredded cheese) and your sausage already cooked. That’s what we would recommend as far as prepping in advance. We hope this helps and that everyone enjoys!

  22. Diaba — November 15, 2016 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    We don’t like frozen potatoes. I wonder if you could cube and fry some and use in place of the frozen??  This looks so good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 21st, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

      Yes, we think that would probably work fine. We hope you enjoy!

  23. Brandy — November 20, 2016 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    I tried this recipe this morning.  Exactly as directed.  I was 
    Disappointed as it did not turn out. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 27th, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

      We’re sorry to hear that, Brandy! How did it not turn out for you?

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