Cut Down on Carbs With This Tasty Breakfast Casserole Recipe

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While comforting breakfast food has the reputation for being unhealthy and loaded with carbs, it's fully possible to create a delicious and nutritious low-carb breakfast recipe. Breakfast casseroles (similar to a frittata) are easy to bake, feed plenty of people, and are a great go-to for those times you're looking for something filling that won't put you in a food coma. This breakfast casserole recipe is easy to modify to your own taste. While bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, and sausage make this meal flavorful, you can also substitute in any of your favorite hearty vegetables, and/or bacon and ham (see below for suggestions). Also feel free to use your favorite cheese, or go cheese-less!

How to make a low-carb breakfast casserole
How to make a low-carb breakfast casserole (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped

  • 4 to 6 baby bella mushrooms, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage

  • 12 large eggs, beaten

  • ¼ cup half & half, optional

  • 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

Step 1: Saute the Vegetables

Add the olive oil to a medium-sized skillet, and heat to medium-high. Add the yellow onion and saute, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Saute the onion
Saute the onion (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened and are very fragrant, about 5 minutes. When finished sauteeing, transfer veggies to a bowl and allow them to cool.

Add the bell pepper and mushrooms
Add the bell pepper and mushrooms (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Cook the Sausage

Use the same skillet you used for sauteeing the vegetables to cook the sausage. Add the ground sausage to the skillet, chop into bite-sized pieces using a spatula or wooden spoon, and cook stirring occasionally, until meat has browned and is cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. If the sausage you're using is very fatty, drain the fat once the meat is cooked.

Cook the sausage
Cook the sausage (Image: Julia Mueller)

Transfer the sausage to the same bowl as the vegetables and let everything cool for a few minutes.

Allow veggies and meat to cool
Allow veggies and meat to cool (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Beat the Eggs

Crack all of the eggs into a large bowl, and whisk well until creamy.

Add eggs to a bowl
Add eggs to a bowl (Image: Julia Mueller)

If desired, add half & half to the bowl with the eggs, and whisk until combined.

Whisk eggs and half & half
Whisk eggs and half & half (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 4: Prepare the Breakfast Casserole

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and lightly spray or oil a 13" x 9" casserole dish. Once the vegetables and breakfast meat have cooled, transfer them to the bowl with the beaten eggs, along with half of the grated cheese. Stir everything together until well-combined.

Add meat, vegetables, and cheese to the bowl with the beaten eggs
Add meat, vegetables, and cheese to the bowl with the beaten eggs (Image: Julia Mueller)

Pour the casserole mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

Pour casserole mixture into casserole dish
Pour casserole mixture into casserole dish (Image: Julia Mueller)

Sprinkle the other half of the cheese on top of the casserole mixture. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown and casserole is cooked through.

Sprinkle cheese on top
Sprinkle cheese on top (Image: Julia Mueller)

Once cooked, allow breakfast casserole to cool 10 minutes before cutting large chunks and serving with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream and salsa.

Allow breakfast casserole to cool, then serve!
Allow breakfast casserole to cool, then serve! (Image: Julia Mueller)

Tip

  • If desired, change up the vegetable combination, by adding chopped broccoli, spinach, grated carrot, kale or zucchini.

    Add 6 to 8 pieces of chopped cooked bacon to substitute for breakfast sausage.

    Use 1 ½ to 2 cups of cooked cubed ham in place of breakfast sausage if desired.

    Instead of Gruyere cheese, you can use sharp cheddar, jack, gouda, and/or mozarella.

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