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Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns {Only 5 Ingredients}

By Rachel Tiemeyer
August 2, 2021

With only 5 main ingredients–potatoes, cheese, sausage (or bacon), eggs, and milk, this Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns is a cinch to throw together. You can even make it ahead of time and store in the fridge, or make this into a freezer meal using our instructions.

a slice of breakfast casserole with hash browns being served with a spatula

This post was created in partnership with Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Reasons We Love of the 5 Ingredient Breakfast Casserole

If a cheesy hash brown casserole had a baby with a traditional breakfast casserole (the kind with bread), you’d end up with this Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns! It’s hearty, cheesy, and full of flavor from the meat and cheese. Bonus: This dish is gluten-free!

You can make it with your choice of meat: pork sausage, turkey sausage, or bacon. We like it with any of those choices. Amp up the flavor by adding in your favorite chopped and sautéed vegetables. Onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach or kale would all be delicious additions. But, we decided to keep this recipe simple–5 main ingredients, in fact.

A slice of breakfast casserole on a plate with a fruit salad

By the way, you may want to try some of our other popular 5 ingredient recipes:

Ingredients for Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns

Here are the 5 main ingredients you’ll need to make this hearty and comforting casserole…

  1. All-natural ground pork sausage or turkey sausage (Sub: uncured bacon, see Cooking Notes)
  2. Refrigerated or frozen shredded hash browns (you’ll need to thaw them if they are frozen)
  3. Shredded cheddar cheese (Dairy-free option: Omit the cheese.)
  4. Eggs
  5. Milk (Dairy-free option: Use unsweetened, plain almond milk or oat milk.)

You’ll also need a few pantry staples–salt, pepper, and a little cooking oil. You can eat the casserole “as is” or top it with items like hot sauce, salsa, ketchup, freshly chopped tomatoes and avocado.

ingredients for a breakfast casserole, including eggs, browned sausage, hash browns, shredded cheese, milk, salt and pepper

Where to Get Your Ingredients

We suggest grabbing all your ingredients at your local Hy-Vee grocery store or using their Aisles Online to have your groceries delivered or prepared for pick up. They are always well-stocked and offer the best meat and produce around.

To make things easy for you, we’ve already started a custom shopping cart with all the 5 Ingredient Breakfast Casserole ingredients to save you time…

Video Tutorial

Watch this 1 minute video to see just how simple this casserole is to make…

How to Make Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns

After browning and draining the sausage, generously spray an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Then, add a layer of half of the shredded hash browns…

hash browns in a glass casserole dish with other breakfast casserole ingredients nearby

Next, add half the sausage…

Finally, sprinkle on half of the cheese in the dish, and repeat with the remaining hash browns, sausage, and cheese.

hash browns in a glass casserole dish with other breakfast casserole ingredients nearby

Now you’ll make the egg mixture. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole.

eggs and milk in a bowl with a fork

Bake the casserole, uncovered, in a 350°F oven for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.

Cheesy breakfast casserole with sausage in a glass pan

How to Serve It

Serve a slice of casserole warm and, if desired, top with toppings like salsa, sour cream, chopped green onion, and diced avocado. Fresh fruit and berries make a great side dish, or serve it with one of our smoothies.

A slice of breakfast casserole on a plate with a fruit salad

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Easy to freeze, warm, and take on the go, kids and parents alike love these savory casserole muffins.

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7 Smoothie Recipes

Use our 7 different well-tested frozen smoothie pack recipes to start filling your freezer today. My favorite is Chocolate Covered Cherry!

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These burritos are super handy to have in the freezer for busy mornings or an on-the-go dinner. Hearty and delicious!

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Don’t forget, to make things easy for you, we’ve already started a custom shopping cart with your Breakfast Casserole ingredients to save you time…

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Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns {Only 5 Ingredients}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

With only 5 main ingredients–potatoes, cheese, sausage (or bacon), eggs, and milk, this Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns is a cinch to throw together. You can even make it ahead of time and store in the fridge, or make this into a freezer meal using our instructions.


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 pound all-natural ground pork sausage or turkey sausage (Sub: uncured bacon, see Cooking Notes)
  • 3 cups refrigerated or thawed* frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (DF option: Omit the cheese.)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (DF option: Use unsweetened, plain almond milk or oat milk.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Optional toppings: hot sauce, salsa, ketchup , freshly chopped tomatoes and avocado

*You’ll need to mostly thaw your frozen hash browns before putting together this casserole. Do this overnight in fridge or using your microwave’s defrost setting. Dab off any excess moisture paper towel. 


Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmery, add the sausage and cook until browned and cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks. Transfer the sausage to a paper towel–lined plate to drain and set aside.
  3. Generously spray an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Layer 1 ½ cups of the hash browns, half the sausage, and ¾ cups of the cheese in the dish, then repeat with the remaining hash browns, sausage, and cheese.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour over the ingredients in the dish. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until edges are bubbly, the middle is set, and top is golden. Tent with foil if the top starts to get too brown before it’s done. (Note: If the casserole was still cold when you put it in or if it was previously frozen, it will likely take longer. Our tests showed that it will take about 60 minutes to bake after being frozen and thawed. This is because of the extra liquid that’s released during that process.)
  6. Let the casserole sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm, topped with hot sauce, salsa, or ketchup, if desired. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Freeze For Later: Skip Step 1. Follow Steps 2-4, tightly wrap the casserole in plastic wrap or foil, and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Note: You may want to have hot sauce, salsa, or ketchup on hand for serving. Thaw completely. Follow Steps 5-6, except bake for about 60 minutes or until set in the middle.

COOKING NOTES:

You can use bacon in place of the sausage. It’s a delicious replacement! We suggest baking it using this recipe and then chopping it up to avoid the stovetop mess.

a slice of breakfast casserole with hash browns being served with a spatula

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  1. Liz says:

    This sounds so good and easy! I’m curious if you could make this without the shredded hashbrowns. It’s very hard to find some without flour. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Rachel Tiemeyer says:

      Hi Liz, I haven’t tested this recipe without the shredded hash browns, but I haven’t had any trouble finding gluten-free ones in my grocery stores. If you test it with the cubes, let me know. I’d love to hear how it turns out.

      Reply