Light Sausage Spinach Egg Casserole
This Light Sausage Spinach Egg Casserole is an easy breakfast casserole that’s made with frozen hash browns, eggs, sausage and spinach. This will become your go-to casserole for entertaining at breakfast–perfect for a feeding a crowd, allergy-friendly, and can be made the night before or the morning of. As an added plus, this breakfast casserole is Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and can easily be made Whole30 compliant.
Christmas morning brunch is one of my favorite holiday traditions and this year, I’m the hostess with the mostess. It’s a big job, but I’m super excited to have my family over for a festive mouth-watering meal before ripping into the gifts! When I’m hosting any type of breakfast get-together, my light sausage spinach egg casserole is always on the menu!
Why This Egg Breakfast Casserole Is So Dang Good
This breakfast casserole is the perfect dish for entertaining because:
- it can be made in advance
- easily adaptable to gluten allergies, Paleo diets and can easily be made Whole30 compliant
- feeds a crowd
- incredibly easy to make
- very inexpensive
- And absolutely delicious!!
How To Make A Breakfast Casserole With Sausage and Hash Browns
This hash brown breakfast casserole is almost TOO easy.
Step One: Simply start by browning your lean Italian turkey sausage, drain and then add in the bell pepper, onion and garlic to cook until soft. Once that’s cooked, stir in the thawed and drained spinach.
Step two: While the sausage mixture is cooking, you can be whisking the eggs with the milk, basil, salt and pepper.
Step three: Mix that yummy seasoned sausage with thawed hash browns in a 9×13 glass baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Step four: Last step! Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and potatoes in the baking dish. You can either cover with foil and store in the fridge overnight or cover with foil and bake immediately. Bake for 1 hour at 350ºF, uncover and bake for another 15 minutes and until center is set. Allow casserole to cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing into squares.
My family often enjoys this meal with a side salad for brinner (breakfast for dinner). You can prepare it on Sunday night and then when you get home from work on Monday, just pop it in the oven. So easy!
Make Ahead Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole
If you are looking for an overnight hash brown breakfast casserole, this recipe is perfect for you!
Many times, I’ve made this breakfast casserole the night before baking. Just assemble as you would, cover and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add an extra 10-15 minutes to the total baking time in the morning.
Easy-peasy and perfect for when you are entertaining and especially wonderful to enjoy Christmas morning!
Is This Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole Paleo and Whole30 Compliant?
This sausage hash brown casserole can easily be made Whole30 compliant. There are just a few things you need to watch out for.
- Make sure the sausage is gluten-free. I love organic chicken or turkey sausage because there are very few fillers used and it will be easier to find a brand that is gluten-free and MSG free.
- Check that the hash browns are gluten-free. Some brands contain gluten and ingredients that would not be Whole30 approved. Another option is to make your own hash browns.
Bottom line: If you are serving this breakfast dish to gluten-free guests be sure to carefully read both your sausage and hash brown ingredient list.
Make Without Sausage
Turkey or chicken sausage are my favorite options for this casserole, but any breakfast sausage will work. If you don’t like sausage, omit meat altogether or use diced leftover ham or crisped up bacon.
Other Tips For Making This Breakfast Casserole:
- If you would like to make your own hash browns for this dish, which I often do because it is so easy, here is a great step by step recipe for homemade hashbrowns from Country Cleaver.
- I’ve use shredded hash browns and cubed hash browns for this recipe. Even a variety with peppers and onions is a great choice.
- Are you’re a cheese lover? Try adding sharp cheddar over the top of the sausage breakfast casserole, Gruyere, Swiss, Gouda, or Mozzarella would all be tasty choices.
- Make sure you squeeze the water out of your thawed spinach, otherwise you’ll end up with a watery mess! If you do forget, just sauté the veggie mixture longer or until the water is evaporated.
- To FREEZE this breakfast casserole for later use, bake and cool before freezing in a freezer safe pan (like a foil disposable pan). Wrap well in foil and freeze. Defrost in fridge the night before you’re planning to eat and then cook for 30 minutes at 350º or until warmed through.
- Double this recipe to feed a crowd.
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Light Sausage Spinach Egg Casserole: An easy breakfast casserole that’s made with frozen hash browns, eggs, sausage and spinach. This will become your go-to casserole for entertaining at breakfast–perfect for a feeding a crowd, allergy-friendly, and can be made the night before or the morning of. As an added plus, this breakfast casserole is Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and can easily be made Whole30 compliant.
- 12 ounces lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
- ½ medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 bag/box 9-10 oz. frozen chopped spinach or kale, thawed and drained well
- 4 cups shredded hash brown potatoes (can use frozen or refrigerated or make your own (thaw if using frozen)
- 12 eggs
- ¾ cup almond milk (any milk will work)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
If baking immediately, heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray a 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium to large skillet, cook sausage over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up, until no longer pink; drain sausage and return to skillet. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in spinach or kale and remove from heat.
While sausage mixture is cooking, in a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, basil, salt and pepper until blended.
In baking dish, mix cooked sausage mixture and shredded potatoes. Pour eggs over mixture in baking dish. Cover with foil; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight but no longer than 24 hours.
If you wish to bake right way or whenever you're ready to bake; bake at 350 degrees F., covered for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until center is set. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 12 square pieces and enjoy!
Photos by Danielle from Our Salty Kitchen.