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Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake

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Enjoy a flavorful breakfast or brunch with this Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake. It’s very make-ahead, making it a great way to start the day.

Sausage Potato Egg Bake Recipe from Good Cheap Eats

Breakfast is one of my children’s love languages. Seriously. They come by it honestly. My husband’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast. It’s pretty sweet. One of our first dates was breakfast out.

Mornings are when I want to get to work on writing projects. I tend to think more clearly in the morning. I don’t really want to futz with breakfast-making.

How does one reconcile a family’s love for breakfast and one’s own agenda to be out of the kitchen? To make this Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake.

This sausage potato egg bake comes together super quickly. It can be made in advance as a casserole or as components that assemble in a flash. It serves a crowd without your having to stand at the stove messing.

In a word — or two — this is breakfast perfection.

Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake

There are lots of ways you can go with a sausage potato egg bake. Add green chiles and cumin and go southwest. Add thyme and tarragon and call it a crustless quiche. Leave out the herbs and you’ve got something like a Spanish tortilla.

Use Italian sausage and basil and top it all with bruschetta? You’ve got an Italian breakfast mash-up.

And something worth putting aside your morning projects for.

Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake | Good Cheap Eats

How I make this cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Do a price comparison. I know that Costco is the best place to buy ingredients like eggs and sausage when there isn’t a great sale elsewhere. I keep track of prices so that I know who has the best deal where.
  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on eggs, I buy a lot. This often happens at Ralphs where I’ll find organic eggs marked down for less than $2. I recently found Applegate uncured bacon on manager’s special. I loaded up my freezer with all that was there.
  • Use a lower priced alternative. Sausage out of your target price? You can sub a cheaper meat like ground turkey, beef, or pork. The cheese and milk can even be omitted completely and lower the cost of the dish.
  • Make double! I purposely portioned the potatoes and sausage so that one egg bake uses 1/2 of a bag of frozen hash browns and 1/2 a package of Italian sausage. This makes it super easy to make a double batch and freeze one casserole for another night, thereby avoiding convenience items or restaurant fare — which saves you money. 🙂

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment. However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

Sausage Potato Egg Bake Recipe | Good Cheap Eats

5 from 2 votes
Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake | Good Cheap Eats
Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Enjoy a flavorful breakfast or brunch with this Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake. It's very make-ahead, making it a great way to start the day.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 16- ounce package frozen shredded hash browns no need to thaw
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 9 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Bruschetta for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is no longer pink and the onion turns translucent. 

  3. Meanwhile, layer the potatoes in the bottom of the prepared pan.

  4. Drain the meat mixture and spread it over the potatoes. Sprinkle the cheese over the meat.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese.

  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until set. Serve hot or at room temperature with the bruschetta on the side.
Recipe Notes

To freeze: Cool the sausage mixture before placing it in the pan. Once the dish is assembled, cover and store in the freezer for up to one month. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before baking.

You can also freeze the fillings as a kit. Bag the meat mixture, cheese, and frozen hash browns separately and then collect the three bags in one bigger bag. Label with baking instructions and freeze.

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Comments

  1. This sounds yummy and easy. I would probably substitute regular breakfast sausage, since my husband isn’t that fond of the Italian sausage. I’m assuming it would work, since you suggest subbing ground meat.

    Have you ever tried this with chopped ham or bacon. They are my low cost choice usually, since I buy the ham on sale and freeze it in 2 slice packages to chop and use when making breakfast casseroles, pasta or soups. For two of us this works well. I do also use bacon, but I cheat and buy the chopped bacon off the salad bar. The price per pound is cheaper than buying the little packages of real bacon bits or even the huge package at Costco last time I was there. I just fill one of the plastic bowls with bacon, then repackage it in a freezer bag when I get home and take out what I want when I need it. This has the added advantage that I am not tempted by the smell of cooking bacon to have far more slices than are good for me while I am cooking the bacon. (grin)

    I really like the idea of another breakfast casserole that doesn’t use bread. Thanks for all you do.

    • Yes, your subs will all work really well. I would saute the ham and bacon first. I rarely use bread in egg casseroles, so you should be able to check out the others here for ideas.

  2. Jessica,

    I made the casserole using breakfast sausage and dehydrated hash browns last Sunday and it was great. We enjoyed it and the leftovers were handy as well.

    Thanks again for a great recipe. Didn’t see anyplace to rate it but it gets 5 stars from me.

  3. Okay, now I see the rating.

  4. I made this with some left over ham from Easter that I had hanging out in the freezer. It was so good! My whole family asked me to make it again, which I will happily do because it was so darn EASY and TASTY!! I assembled it the night before and pulled it out of the fridge an hour before baking. Baked it as instructed – it came out perfectly!! Making it again for Mother’s Day brunch. Thanks for the great recipe – it’s a keeper!

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