Sausagey Polenta Breakfast Casserole

After a cold, blustery walk along a grey and gravelly Puget Sound beach, it’s nice to come in to a warm and hearty breakfast that sticks to your ribs – but isn’t super fatty or unhealthy. This sausage and polenta casserole from Cooking Light is perfect for a make-ahead breakfast for two or ten.

Cozy Casserole by the Fire
Cozy Casserole by the Fire

Ingredients en Place
Ingredients en Place

Make the Sausage Mix Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp olive oil and sate 10 ounces diced chicken sausage until brown (3 minutes-ish). (We recently started using Isernio’s Chicken Sausage, which is low in fat and high in taste.) Add 2 cups sliced green onions, 1 T chopped fresh thyme and 4 minced garlic cloves. Saute 5 more minutes and remove from heat.

Saute the Sausage
Saute the Sausage

Make the Polenta Mix In a large saucepan, bring 4 1/2 cups fat-free milk to a simmer. Turn the heat down to medium-low and stir in 1 1/2 cups uncooked polenta. Simmer for 7 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Remove from the heat and add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese. Stir until the cheeses melt. Put the mixture in a large bowl and let it stand, stirring occasionally.

Polenta Making
Polenta Making

Mix it all together. Stir in 2 tsps hot pepper sauce and 4 large, lightly beaten eggs. Add the sausage mixture and stir it all well. Spread the whole mixture into a 2-quart glass or ceramic broiler-safe baking dish. Let it cool to room temp and then cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 425 and bake for 25 minutes, until it’s just set. Then preheat the broiler to high and broil 2 minutes, until the top is lightly brown. Let stand for 5 minutes and serve.

Polenta and Sausage Casserole
Polenta and Sausage Casserole


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 10 ounces diced chicken andouille sausage
  • 2 cups sliced green onions
  • 1 T chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked polenta
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

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6 thoughts on “Sausagey Polenta Breakfast Casserole”

  1. I made this today, using water instead of milk for lactose reasons. Well, at least I made it to the refrigeration point. Tomorrow it goes with my husband to the fire station – he’ll bake it there, and oh boy is it ever going to smell great! The andouille chicken sausage, green onions, thyme and garlic are a terrific combination.

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