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Cheesy Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

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Hey Friends! Let’s get down to business, okay? Cheesy Sausage Hash Brown Casserole. Who doesn’t love a good breakfast casserole?? There’s sausage, eggs, cheese, hash browns, a little spinach that you won’t even know is there, and more cheese. Can I get an amen?!


I had high hopes while throwing this recipe together a couple of weeks ago.
I am not big on vegetables alone.
I pretty much only eat lettuce, carrots, and celery raw. But, I love a good challenge!
and I love tricking myself into eating vegetables that are good for me.
It’s becoming a hobby. (Don’t judge my lack of interesting hobbies, please)

It literally turned into something magical while cooking in the oven. It is one of my new favorites to have prepared for the week. It’s family approved and oh so yummy!

Just look at that slice of cheesy heaven!

If you read through the recipe and scrunch your nose up at the cup of cottage cheese. Please trust me, I am not a cottage cheese person and this is pretty much perfection. It adds a bit of extra creaminess to the bake that we all want, without a load of calories that we don’t need.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

With love from my kitchen to yours, 

Star

Cheesy Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Sausage Hash Brown Casserole is a healthy, easy, and delicious casserole that's perfect for breakfast and meal prep!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:55 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 oz lean turkey breakfast sausage, raw I use the 'Jennie O' brand
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 6 cups fresh spinach torn into small pieces (i prefer the stems removed because i don't like to chew them, but it's up to you)
  • 5 cups refrigerated shredded hash browns I use the 'Simply Potatoes' brand
  • ¾ cup low fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup Reduced fat shredded Cheddar
  • ½ cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2- ½ cups liquid Egg Whites (or you can use 12 whole eggs or half egg whites and half whites)
  • 1-2 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt to tast
  • ¼ tsp pepper or to taste
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet break up turkey sausage and add diced onions. Continue to cook until meat is browned and onions are softened. Add the spinach and cook just until slightly wilted.  Remove from pan and set aside. 
  • Spray the same pan with cooking spray and add the hash browns to skillet and cook for a few minutes. Season with seasoned salt and pepper to taste. 
  • In a large bowl add in sausage, spinach, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, and hash browns.  Stir well until combined. 
  • In the casserole dish add the hash brown and sausage mix. Pour egg whites on top evenly. Top it off with the shredded mozzarella and sharp cheddar.
    **If using whole eggs make sure to whisk well before adding the casserole dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes and then remove the foil and bake uncovered for about 25 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes and then cut into six servings. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

Serving size: 1/6 of casserole (these are pretty large servings so this can easily be made into 8 servings to last longer/smaller portion size if you like a smaller breakfast)

300 calories, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3.8g, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 30g 

WeightWatchers Points: 7 Points
 
*Eggs- you can use a dozen large eggs in place of egg whites or half and half. Just make sure when using whole eggs that you whisk them with a little salt and pepper before adding to the casserole dish. 
 
 
Servings: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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79 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love it! I’ve made it so many times I have it memorized. Additionally I love how flexible it is for the vegetables. Today was rotel tomatoes (drained), spinach & onion. Last time was tricolored peppers and onion. May try broccoli next time I have leftovers! Lol

  2. 5 stars
    My oldest son is not a fan of most casseroles, but he even loves this one! Definitely going in the meal rotation!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for this weekend for brunch and it was absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed it so much! Great meal prep!

  4. 5 stars
    OMG! I made this tonight for my breakfast prep for the week. It’s insanely delicious! I drizzled sriracha over the top and used a Tumaros white tortilla to make it a breakfast burrito! Thank you so much for this recipe as I will be making it on repeat!

  5. Sooo good! I made this for my breakfast meal prep and since I’m not really a fan of spinach (and cooked spinach in leftovers tends to get watery in my experience), I replaced it with a diced red bell pepper. Tasted really good! I would’ve never guessed that there was cottage cheese in this, what a great way to sneak in some more protein.

  6. 5 stars
    Okay, this is delicious! We subbed out the Turkey sausage for Morningstar spicy veggie sausage patties and it’s an amazing vegetarian version! This will be in the regular rotation now!

    1. Thank you for letting me know it worked well with the morning star spicy sausage patties! SO happy you enjoyed

  7. 5 stars
    I have made this twice now, but I used center cut bacon because that is what I had on hand the first time. I also used Mexican 2% cheese blend, because again that is what I had. I love that it makes huge pieces. I like to feel satisfied when I eat and the serving size definitely made me feel this way. I recommended this to both my sisters and I have printed out so many of your recipes and they have been on rotation for dinner and lunch meal prep. I haven’t made a recipe of yours that I haven’t enjoyed so far!!! Please kee them coming.

  8. 5 stars
    WOW I’ve made this twice in the last month! I’ll be honest I was skeptical of the cottage cheese… but I tried it and guess what, no one but me knew this casserole had cottage cheese in it! Ha! Both times I made it, I used 8 whole eggs instead of egg whites and jimmy dean turkey sausage crumbles that are pre cooked. Winner winner!

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times and LOVE this casserole for weekly breakfast meal prep. I’ve followed the recipe exactly, subbed in the precooked turkey sausage crumbles, and done a version with all regular eggs. Each time it’s been delicious. I like to add hot sauce on top after I reheat!

  10. I don’t enjoy eggs, will it change the casserole too much if I leave them out?

  11. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved this! Will be putting into my regular dinner rotation. I didn’t find Jenny-O ground breakfast sausage. Only thing available was Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage crumbles. I used fat free cheddar and a purple onion (what I had on hand). But besides those changes everything was the same.

  12. Can I use two ingredient dough? I’m liking the points better and not all the additional ingredients that come in the canned biscuits (although they are delicious )

    1. Hi Joy! This casserole has hash browns, not biscuits. I’m not sure if you meant it for another recipe, if you did, you can try it. I have seen others make them with the two-ingredient dough, but I personally have no tried this method yet so I can’t give measurements, times, etc. If you do let me know!

      1. 4 stars
        Bahaha! I was looking at this and your meatball recipe at the same time. Made that two nights ago and have this dish in the oven for dinner. It smells amazing! How would you subsitute egg whites for eggs? Still 2 1/2 cups?

  13. Sorry, if this is a dumb question. Can I prep this today and put in fridge and then cook tomorrow?

  14. Might be a crazy question, but when I brown plain ground turkey, it doesn’t get brown, just a tan color. Does the sausage get brown like in the picture ? If not, how do you get it browned? I think it just looks more appetizing!! Can’t wait to try this !!

      1. If I don’t have egg beaters. Can I use eggs and how many would I need?

  15. This may be a silly question but where do I find bulk Jennie o sausage? Can I use links and cut them?

    1. I find the turkey sausage in the roll near the regular sausage in the grocery stores around me, but your store may not carry them. You can use the links, for sure!

  16. This may be a silly question but where do I find bulk Jennie o sausage? Can I use links and cut them?

    1. I find the turkey sausage in the roll near the regular sausage in the grocery stores around me, but your store may not carry them. You can use the links, for sure!

  17. I am planning on making this soon!
    I am currently doing the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program . I was told there wasn’t any Freestyle Points, only Smart Points. I built this recipe on the WW app using Sargento Off the Block Fine cut shredded mild cheddar cheese and came up with 6 Smart points!

  18. I am planning on making this soon!
    I am currently doing the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program . I was told there wasn’t any Freestyle Points, only Smart Points. I built this recipe on the WW app using Sargento Off the Block Fine cut shredded mild cheddar cheese and came up with 6 Smart points!

  19. what size casserole dish do you use to make this? I just want to be sure that the serving size is the same since that is based on the size of dish used.

    1. I use a 9×13 casserole dish for this. However, as long as you spread it evenly in any dish and divide it into 6 equal pieces it really doesn’t matter the size dish. I hope you enjoy!

  20. what size casserole dish do you use to make this? I just want to be sure that the serving size is the same since that is based on the size of dish used.

    1. I use a 9×13 casserole dish for this. However, as long as you spread it evenly in any dish and divide it into 6 equal pieces it really doesn’t matter the size dish. I hope you enjoy!

  21. I love your website and all your dishes are delicious! I have made a few and they have been a bit hit in my house! Thanks for the awesome recipes!!

    This is a favourite for sure!

  22. I love your website and all your dishes are delicious! I have made a few and they have been a bit hit in my house! Thanks for the awesome recipes!!
    This is a favourite for sure!

  23. I just made this this morning and I have to say it was fabulous! I used frozen hashbrowns and they worked wonderfully! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      This is one of my staple recipes and something that’s on the rotation weekly!!! My non-weight watchers loved ones love it as much as I do, and it’s so easy to make. It tastes just as delicious reheated as it does fresh out of the oven, and often fuels me through my 12 hour shifts at the hospital. My all time fave weight watchers recipe!

      Noramae05

  24. I just made this this morning and I have to say it was fabulous! I used frozen hashbrowns and they worked wonderfully! Thanks for the recipe!

  25. I think I died and went to heaven. This is amazing!! I am ready to make your chopped salad and sausage and biscuits next. I can’t believe these are so few smart points! Thank you so much for sharing!

  26. I think I died and went to heaven. This is amazing!! I am ready to make your chopped salad and sausage and biscuits next. I can’t believe these are so few smart points! Thank you so much for sharing!

  27. I made this with frozen hash browns, and it was delicious. Do you think that will change the point value?

  28. I made this with frozen hash browns, and it was delicious. Do you think that will change the point value?

  29. I made this and it is a hit with my hubby and I. I did find hash browns (I am from MI and I love them). Thank you for the clarity of where to find them at the store (: Thank you for this great recipe!!!

  30. I made this and it is a hit with my hubby and I. I did find hash browns (I am from MI and I love them). Thank you for the clarity of where to find them at the store (: Thank you for this great recipe!!!

  31. This may be silly, but are the hash browns sold in the freezer section of the store? I really want to make this!!!

    1. Hi! I’m sorry I took awhile to respond. I just saw this for some reason it didn’t show up on my notifications- anyways, they are in the refrigerator section normally by the eggs/butter/yogurt they are in a green bag Simply Hashbrowns!

  32. This may be silly, but are the hash browns sold in the freezer section of the store? I really want to make this!!!

    1. Hi! I’m sorry I took awhile to respond. I just saw this for some reason it didn’t show up on my notifications- anyways, they are in the refrigerator section normally by the eggs/butter/yogurt they are in a green bag Simply Hashbrowns!

    1. I am not sure! It doesn’t last long enough in this house, but I can put a piece in and try! I’ll get back to ya!

    1. I am not sure! It doesn’t last long enough in this house, but I can put a piece in and try! I’ll get back to ya!

  33. I just made this for the first time and it was AMAZING. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  34. I just made this for the first time and it was AMAZING. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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