This sausage breakfast casserole is an overnight breakfast casserole made with bread, hearty sausage, eggs and cheese, all baked together to golden brown perfection. This easy breakfast bake is so tasty, it never lasts long in my family. An effortless breakfast or brunch option that’s great for feeding a crowd!

When I’m entertaining for breakfast or just meal prepping a ready-to-go breakfast for busy mornings, I like to whip up some family favorite recipes such as French toast casserole, cinnamon roll casserole, or for something savory, this simple, yet satisfying egg casserole with sausage.

serving of breakfast casserole served on a small white plate with a fork and sliced avocado

the best overnight breakfast casserole

Get ready to pin this recipe because I promise you are going to want to make my overnight breakfast casserole on a very regular basis!

I love breakfast food, and there is nothing better than a slice of super tasty, satisfying breakfast casserole when you wake up in the morning. Not only is it incredibly delicious, but being that it’s an overnight casserole, you make everything ahead of time, and then have an amazing breakfast fresh out of the oven whenever you like!

I have been enjoying this cheesy sausage breakfast casserole for as long as I can remember. My grandma always made it for Christmas morning brunch and now my mom carries on the tradition. It’s my absolute favorite brunch dish (along with my go-to easy coffee cake, of course!).

This breakfast casserole recipe is so perfect for holiday brunches because it’s ready to put in the oven and you aren’t wasting quality time putting it together, in the morning. And it’s such an easy recipe to feed to a crowd! It even reheats beautifully for a quick, hot breakfast on busy mornings. My family loves this dish and I know your family will too! It’s the ultimate breakfast comfort food!

sausage breakfast casserole in a large baking dish

ingredients for sausage breakfast casserole

This breakfast casserole recipe uses common ingredients that are easy to find. Here’s the lineup:

  • Bread. We use regular white sandwich bread for this recipe. As the casserole sits overnight, the bread will soak up all of the egg custard mixture and once the casserole is baked, this will make for the most delicious texture and consistency.
  • Sausage. Pork sausage is our go-to, but you can use any preferred sausage for this casserole. Even Italian sausage would be amazing!
  • Eggs. Eight large eggs is the perfect amount to make this casserole that will serve eight people.
  • Evaporated milk. More concentrated and richer than regular milk, this ingredient will add to the flavor and consistency of the breakfast bake.
  • Milk. Whole milk will give you the best results, but I’ve also successfully made this egg casserole with skim milk and almond milk.
  • Spices. Ground cloves are optional, but we always add it in for extra tastiness. And you’ll also want to add salt & pepper to bring out all of the delicious flavor in the casserole.
  • Cheese. We always use cheddar cheese for this egg bake and I highly recommend grating your own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese from the grocery store is often coated in anti-caking agents and preservatives, and will not melt as smoothly.
cubed bread topped with sausage crumbles

how to make cheesy sausage breakfast casserole with bread

I know there are tons of breakfast casserole recipes, but this one’s the BEST! It’s also super easy and totally kid-friendly! Here’s a quick rundown of how to make this recipe:

  1. Prep a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray or butter and place cubes of bread in an even layer over the bottom.
  2. Add cooked sausage over the cubed bread.
  3. Make the custard. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, evaporated milk, milk, and spices.
  4. Combine custard and bread. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and bread. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Bake. Cook casserole for 45-55 minutes at 350ºF or until cooked through and set.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes, then cut into squares. Serve with your favorite toppings. Sliced avocado, chives, hot sauce or ketchup are all delicious options.

Full recipe is at the bottom of the post. But it really is so easy peasy!

pouring milk mixture over pieces of bread

tips

This breakfast casserole recipe is super easy, but here are a few tips to make sure your dish bakes up perfect every time!

  • Make ahead. The custard mixture can be made a day before using. Store it in the refrigerator and stir again before pouring over the bread cubes.
  • Cut the bread into similar-sized pieces, so that they will absorb the egg mixture at the same rate and cook evenly.
  • Allow soaking time. This casserole is best when it has time to soak, so the bread can absorb all of that yummy custard. I would say at least 4-6 hours in the refrigerator works, but overnight is best.
  • Add mix-ins. Feel free to experiment with adding in other ingredients before baking. Sautéed onion, bell pepper or mushrooms would all be delicious.
overnight breakfast bake topped with fresh chives

ways to customize your sausage egg casserole  

We love this sausage egg casserole as written, but feel free to experiment and switch up some of the ingredients depending on what you have on hand.

  • Protein. We always use pork sausage, but feel free to use turkey sausage. Or instead of sausage, try diced cooked ham or cooked crumbled bacon.
  • Vegetables. You can add your favorite cooked vegetables to the casserole such as sautéed onions, peppers, spinach or mushrooms.
  • Cheese. Try mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or Swiss instead of cheddar cheese.

what to serve with this easy breakfast casserole

When I serve sausage breakfast casserole, I like to keep the sides simple; unless, of course, it’s for a holiday brunch. This easy breakfast casserole recipe does pair well with a variety of breakfast sides, though. Below are some of my pairing options:

Sometimes we even enjoy this egg bake for dinner and if that’s the case, I typically pair it with a fresh green salad on the side. For the salad, simply toss mixed greens with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Feel free to add toppings to your salad such as red onion, cherry tomatoes, avocado or croutons. My Italian salad is a great choice too! You could also serve it with a fruit salad, roasted broccoli, or bacon roasted Brussels.

serving a slice of breakfast casserole out of a dish

storing and freezing overnight breakfast casserole 

  • Storing leftovers. Place any leftover breakfast casserole in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to about 5 days.
  • To reheat. Pop individual servings in the microwave and cook for 30 second intervals until warm. You can also place the casserole dish in the oven at 350ºF. If using the oven, loosely cover with foil and place the dish on the center rack for 15 to 25 minutes, until warmed through (the larger the serving, the longer the cook time).
  • Freezing. Place leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or a freezer-safe baggie in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
serving of sausage breakfast casserole with avocado slices

This easy sausage breakfast casserole is a great recipe to have in your repertoire for when you need a comforting dish that will serve a crowd. My kids request it at least once a month and I’m happy to oblige. I love the familiar, cozy flavors and that it is so simple to make!

more comforting breakfast recipes

Crustless Quiche

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

French Toast Casserole

Buttermilk Pancakes

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breakfast casserole served with fresh orange juice
serving of breakfast casserole served on a small white plate with a fork and sliced avocado
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Nutrition Facts
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 249mg83%
Sodium 916mg40%
Potassium 418mg12%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 682IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 392mg39%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:8 servings
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs
 

This sausage breakfast casserole is an overnight breakfast casserole made with bread, hearty sausage, eggs and cheese, all baked together to golden brown perfection. This easy breakfast casserole is so tasty, it never lasts long in my family. An effortless breakfast or brunch option that’s great for feeding a crowd!

Ingredients
  • 6 slices bread, cubed
  • 1 pound sausage, browned and drained
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Spread the bread evenly into the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Spoon the cooked sausage evenly over the bread.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, evaporated milk, milk, salt, cloves and pepper. Beat well.
  4. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread and sausage. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Prior to baking, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until set.

  7. Cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Storing leftovers. Place any leftover breakfast casserole in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to about 5 days.
  • To reheat. Pop individual servings in the microwave and cook for 30 second intervals until warm. You can also place the casserole dish in the oven at 350ºF. If using the oven, loosely cover with foil and place the dish on the center rack for 15 to 25 minutes, until warmed through (the larger the serving, the longer the cook time).
  • Freezing. Place leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or a freezer-safe baggie in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

 

 

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Overnight Breakfast Casserole, sausage breakfast casserole

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