Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Casserole
Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Casserole is perfect when you want a delicious low-carb breakfast that cooks unattended in a few hours! And if you’ve never made a Crock Pot breakfast casserole, you might be pleasantly surprised!
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There are a lot of low-carb breakfast casserole recipes on this blog, so when I bought the new Casserole Crock Slow Cooker (affiliate link) with the crockery part in the shape of a casserole dish, at first I didn’t think of using it for a breakfast casserole. But then one day it hit me how perfect this would be for those times when you want to make breakfast for a crowd, and I knew I had to start experimenting.
It took me two tries to get the amounts right, but I loved this Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Casserole. My niece Kara tested it with me the second time, and we enjoyed the creaminess (and extra protein) the cottage cheese added, and the way that cooking an egg dish in the slow cooker makes the flavors of the other ingredients get infused into the eggs.
If you don’t have the Casserole Crock Slow Cooker (affiliate link) and if you’re not interested in adding it to your collection of slow cookers, just put these ingredients into a large casserole dish and bake at 375F for about 40 minutes. No worries! Or see after the recipe for suggestions if you’d like to adapt this recipe to use in an oval-shaped 6-Quart Slow Cooker or the 6-Quart Ninja Cooker. (Affiliate links)
What ingredients do you need?
- cottage cheese
- turkey breakfast sausage links
- olive oil, divided
- green pepper
- grated cheddar cheese
- green onions
- Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all-purpose seasoning blend
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
How long do you need to cook a Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole?
This type of egg casserole frees up the cook for a little over 2 hours while it cooks in the slow cooker. If it’s not done after two hours in the slow cooker you’re using, cook it until the eggs are firm and the cheese is nicely melted.
Why make egg casserole in the slow cooker?
Slow Cooker Egg Casserole frees up the cook to do something else while the crock pot egg casserole is cooking, so it’s perfect to make when you have houseguests. And this type of “baking” infuses the egg with the flavors of the other ingredients a bit more than simply cooking it in the oven.
What If I Don’t Have the Casserole Crock Slow Cooker?
Look in the NOTES section of the complete recipe to see my suggestions for adapting this recipe to use a six-quart oval slow cooker.
Want more low-carb slow cooker egg casseroles?
Check out Low-Carb Slow Cooker Breakfast Casseroles for lots more tasty breakfast ideas to make in the slow cooker.
How to make this Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)
- I used Jenni-O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, and browned them before they went into the slow cooker. (For those who are wondering, Jenni-O is not paying me to mention their sausage; I just love it.)
- We cut the sausage in half, but if you’re making this for kids, I’d cut the sausage into smaller pieces.
- Then we barely cooked the green pepper strips (optional) and layered that over the sausage.
- Rinse the cottage cheese and let it drain while you’re cooking the sausage.
- Then layer the drained cottage cheese, grated cheese and green onions, and pour the beaten eggs over those ingredients.
- Cook on low for 2 hours or slightly longer, until the center of the casserole feels firm and the cheese is all nicely melted.
- Things don’t brown in the slow cooker like they do in the oven, but sprinkling some green onions over the top will dress this up nicely.
- I like to eat this breakfast casserole with a dollop of sour cream; enjoy!
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Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Casserole
When you need breakfast for a crowd, try this Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Sausage, Peppers, and Cheese!
- 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese, rinsed and drained
- 2 12 oz. packages turkey breakfast sausage links (see notes)
- 3 tsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 green pepper, cut into thin strips (or diced)
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (see notes)
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions + 2 T more to sprinkle over at the end
- 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or more, see notes)
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 14 eggs, beaten until yolks and whites are well-combined
- Spray Casserole Crock Slow Cooker (affiliate link) with non-stick spray or mist with olive oil.
- Put cottage cheese into a fine mesh colander, place in the sink, and rinse with cold water until the creamy part is rinsed away. Let cottage cheese drain while you cook the sausage and peppers.
- Heat 1 tsp. olive oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan and cook half the sausages until they’re well-browned.
- Put sausage on a cutting board to cool. Heat another tsp. oil, cook the second half of the sausage, and transfer it to the cutting board. (If you have a giant pan that can cook all the sausage at once, by all means use it!)
- Heat the final tsp. of oil and brown the green pepper strips about 2-3 minutes. (You can skip this if you like them slightly crunchy.)
- Cut the sausage into halves or fourths and layer them in the slow cooker with the green pepper strips.
- Sprinkle the drained cottage cheese and then the grated cheese over the sausages.
- Top with the sliced green onions and sprinkle with the Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) and black pepper.
- Beat eggs until they’re well-combined and then pour over the sausage, cottage cheese, and cheese. (I like to take a fork and slightly “stir” so the sausages and peppers are evenly distributed in the eggs.)
- Put the lid on and cook on LOW for 2 hours, or slightly longer, until the eggs are firm in the center and the cheese is nicely melted.
- Sprinkle with the rest of the sliced green onions and serve hot.
I used Jenni-O Turkey Sausage Links, but use pork sausage for this recipe if you prefer. Use any all-purpose seasoning that's good with eggs if you don't have Spike.
Making this recipe in a Six-Quart Oval Slow Cooker:
I haven’t made this in other sizes of slow cookers, but I can give some recommendations. (If anyone tries it, please let us know how it works.) I have made several variations of slow cooker frittatas in my Ninja, so I know you could make a recipe similar to this in an oval-shaped 6-Quart Slow Cooker. I would not recommend using a smaller size.
- 1 cup cottage cheese, rinsed and drained
- 12 oz. lean turkey breakfast sausage links
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 small green pepper, cut into thin strips (or use half a pepper if you prefer)
- 1 1/3 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup sliced green onion + 2 T more to sprinkle over at the end
- 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 8-9 eggs, beaten until yolks and whites are combined
Follow directions above to prepare the casserole for the slow cooker. The mixture will be a little thicker in a smaller casserole dish, so cooking time will probably be closer to 2 1/2 – 3 hours on LOW.
Recipe created by Kalyn with testing help from Jake and Kara.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 416mgSodium: 954mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 29g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe would work for low-carb and Keto diets, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. If you’re making this for the South Beach Diet, you should use lean turkey sausage and reduced fat cheese. For Low-Carb diets, you’d probably want to use pork sausage and full-fat cheese.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Crock Pot breakfast casserole was posted in 2015. It was last updated with more information in 2022.
36 Comments on “Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Casserole”
Why drain & rinse the cottage cheese? Just curious…
I feel like it will make the egg mixture to wet if you use the cottage cheese without rinsing it.
It looks fantastic except I do not care for the taste of cottage cheese. With all the other ingredients, can you tell that there is cottage cheese in this recipe? Would like to know before I attempt to make it.
I like cottage cheese so I might not be as sensitive to the taste of it. But I would say there is definitely not a strong flavor of cottage cheese in this; it melts into the other ingredients.
Hi Kalyn, l made a small version of this casserole in the oven this morning and it was delicious. I used 1/2 the amount listed for each ingredient and baked it in a 8×8 dish for approximately 30 minutes- it came out perfect. I will definitely be using this recipe again and again- like I do so many of your others!
So glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for sharing how you did it for others who might want to use the oven.
So glad to have found this recipe. My husband bought ten 16 oz cartons of cottage cheese because there was a sale. Well, at least it wasn't 100 lbs of white potatoes! The draining of the cottage cheese just makes so much sense. Printed it and gathering up the ingredients right now. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. Sharon
I hope you enjoy Sharon! That sounds like a challenge to use that much cottage cheese! You can enter "cottage cheese" into the search bar and find other recipes that use it.
what could i use instead of cottage cheese? dairy is sometimes a problem for a friend of mine. would tofu work?
Sarah, I can't say for sure because I've never used tofu in a recipe like this. But I think it might work. The cottage cheese kind of melts like cheese into the eggs, and the tofu won't do that, but the flavor will probably be okay.
I don't own a crock pot for this. how would I bake it in the oven?
That information is in the recipe already. 🙂
Love your site, love your recipes. Gotta tell you – this one was amazing! I never thought eggs could turn out good in a slow cooker. Most of the recipes I currently use for South Beach are from YOU! 🙂
Marcia, so glad you enjoyed it. I am definitely a convert to the idea of eggs in the slow cooker. And glad my recipes are helpful for you! I love hearing that.
This would be great for holiday morning brunches. Also, I haven't seen this type of slow cooker before — how cool! I don't make many casseroles, but it would be so handy if I did.
Thanks Sarah! I had it in mind for holiday mornings, this reheats well so you could also make it to keep in the fridge for the week. That's what I did!
This slow cooker casserole looks delish! I love how easy it is to make too.
Thanks Thalia; glad you like it!
I love the look and functionality of that casserole slow cooker (which I now want). It's brilliant, as is this recipe.
Thanks Dorothy. I'm really surprised how many people haven't seen the casserole crockpot before. I'm betting it's going to be a big Christmas item this year!
I love breakfast casseroles and this one sounds so good! I've never seen one of these casserole crockpot slow cookers before! What an awesome tool!
Thanks Ashlyn, I loved this combination. I'm a sucker for those turkey breakfast sausages and this is a fun way to use them. And the casserole crockpot is great.
I had no idea this casserole slow cooker existed but I'm loving the concept. I'm all about casseroles and Crock-Pot meals so why not comibne them? This is a great breakfast dish for when you've got a house full of guests. Great idea!
Thanks Valerie; glad you like it. The slow cooker casserole crock is pretty awesome!
I never would have thought to do this in the crock pot. So smart. Totally going to try this!
Thanks Maria, hope you enjoy!
The slow cooker casserole crock is pretty cool; hope you enjoy!
I didnt even know a casserole slow cooker existed. I love my regular slow cooker, so this is a must-have.
LOVE this!! I've had my eye on that casserole cooker for a while…this might just be the push I need!!
I do really like the casserole cooker, go for it!
I've been really getting into my crockpot lately, and I've never heard of this version before…so neat! Love the idea of throwing everything together and letting the crockpot do the hard work while having a lazy family morning 🙂
Thanks Denise; this recipe is perfect for that!
That casserole slow cooker sounds magic! What a wonderful breakfast dish for any time of the year (but you're definitely right about Christmas morning).
Thanks Dara! I am really loving the Casserole Crock Slow Cooker. (And I didn't dare mention the C word, but I couldn't help but think it would be perfect for that.
This is definitely a great idea for a brunch party! It's great to have the stovetop free for making other parts of the meal.
Lydia, so true. I am having fun experimenting with the casserole crockpot.