This low carb breakfast casserole recipe is one the tastiest and simplest healthy casseroles I have in my arsenal…
Ya’ll know how I love healthy recipes and low carb recipes are my jam, so why not combine the two to create some mouthwatering comfort food that works with most diet plans?
Making a breakfast casserole is a great way to feed a hungry crowd or do meal prep for later in the week. Shoot – it even makes great low carb dinners! You are going to love this decadent flexible low carb breakfast casserole recipe so let’s get started.
I absolutely love how flexible this low carb breakfast casserole recipe is and that it suits almost any diet plan! It’s nothing short of creamy decadent deliciousness that nourishes your body, soothes your soul and fills your tummy.
Here are even more great reasons to love it:
- Creamy decadent deliciousness
- Easy way to feed a crowd
- Great for meal prep
- Flexible recipe
Making this low carb breakfast casserole recipe is so super simple and it’s ready in under an hour. Here are all the little tips and tricks you need to know.
Sweet Italian Sausage – I like to use sweet Italian sausage in my low carb egg casserole. Just break it up as it cooks (as you do with ground beef meat) and it’ll add intense flavor to your casserole recipes. If you like a spicier dish you can use hot Italian sausage instead.
Veggies – Sautéing your veggies will only take a few minutes but it’s a step you don’t want to skip! It combats bitterness and helps bring out their sweeter more mellow flavors which is ideal for your low carb breakfast casserole recipe.
Heavy Cream – Adding cream to your eggs is an easy way to make them a luscious dreamy wonder that just begs to be eaten. It’ll do the same thing for your low carb breakfast casserole recipe without adding any carbs and it’s so much better than using milk! You can also make your low carb breakfast casserole with cream cheese.
Cheese – This low carb breakfast casserole recipe calls for shredded cheddar cheese, but you could use other types too. Any block cheese that can be shredded will work. You can try using Monterey jack, Colby or even mozzarella if you prefer.
Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes do add a few carbs, but they also add so much flavor to your casserole. You can leave them out if you like or substitute for another low carb veggie.
Tabasco – Using the small amount of Tabasco called for in this recipe won’t add any heat but it’ll help intensify the robust flavors in your breakfast casserole. If you want some heat you can use more or even try using it for garnish on your finished dish.
Tools To Make
Preparing this low carb breakfast casserole recipe is so super simple and it doesn’t require any weird gadgets. The great news is that it’s a casserole so there’s a little bit of easy prep then you pour it in your dish and pop it in the oven.
That’s it! Here’s what you need.
- Skillet – for frying sausage and sautéing veggies
- Large bowl and whisk – to whisk eggs with cream and tabasco
- 9×13 casserole dish – for baking your casserole
Storing your low carb breakfast casserole is as easy as keeping it in a food-grade container in the fridge. It’s best if you use an air-tight container with a secure lid.
Can You Freeze This?
You can freeze the baked casserole. Just prepare as directed then slide it into the frozen abyss. If it’s still in the casserole dish, let it slow thaw overnight before reheating, or reheat each slice from frozen.
Meal Prepping Tips
This low carb breakfast casserole recipe is totally awesome for meal prep, as it’s full of protein and super filling!
To do this, make the casserole and store it in single-serve portions that can be used for breakfast on the go and ready-made dinners. When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat a portion on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven.
There are so many ways to tweak this low carb breakfast casserole recipe you’d be hard-pressed to find a combination that isn’t delicious. Here are just a few simple suggestions for you to try:
How Can I Add More Veggies?
Adding more veggies to your low carb breakfast casserole recipe is a fantastic way to sneak in more greens with minimal carbs and calories.
For this breakfast casserole, I kept it simple with bell peppers and onions. But you can add whatever you have or are craving! For example, green beans for a breakfast low carb green bean casserole or cauliflower rice for an egg-based cauliflower rice casserole — how about some spinach, kale, or sun-dried tomatoes??
Your casserole, your veggies, just let us know what you add in the comments below…
Can I Use Different Types Of Meat?
I typically make this low carb breakfast casserole recipe with sweet Italian sausage, but you can swap that with your protein of choice! (Or what use up whatever leftovers you have on hand…)
Just be sure to use cooked meat. Shredded chicken makes for a great breakfast low carb chicken casserole, or use ground chicken (for a similar baking technique to the sausage) and you’ve got an eggy ground chicken casserole.
You can also turn this into a meat-lovers delight… how about keeping the sausage and adding pepperoni? Breakfast low carb pizza casserole anyone?
How Can I Make This Healthier?
Well, that depends on your definition of “healthy” — a healthy breakfast casserole will look different coming from every kitchen!
In my kitchen, low carb is key. Others may consider be looking for a different version of healthy…
A dairy free option? Simply sub the cream for FULL FAT coconut milk and skip the cheese. A vegetarian option? Skip the sausage, or sub it for a protein, such as fish, that works for your eating plan (like a low carb tuna casserole).
Can I Make This Spicy?
Oh yeah, you sure can! I love a little extra heat in my low carb breakfast casserole!
Check out this low carb Mexican casserole or this low carb taco casserole for some inspiration on adding a little Spanish flava to your breakfast! Hint: taco seasoning, salsa, and tabasco… are all deliciously spicy low carb ingredients. Bring it onnn!
Low Carb Breakfast Casserole
- 1 Pound Italian Sausage sweet. Casings removed
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Onion ** chopped
- 1 Cup Bell Peppers chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 10 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Teaspoon Tabasco*
- 2 Cups Cheddar shredded
- 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes** sliced. Optional
- Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9x13 casserole dish.
- Add breakfast sausage to a large skillet over medium heat. Break the meat into small pieces while the sausage cooks.
- Once browned and no longer pink, remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Carefully remove access grease from pan, and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- Once shimmering, add onions, bell peppers and salt. Saute until soft, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, heavy cream and tabasco.
- Stir in the cheese, sausage, cooked veggies, and sliced tomatoes.
- Pour into the prepared casserole dish.
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. You'll know the casserole is done once the center is set and the edges begin to brown. Enjoy!
Making low carb casseroles is an awesome way to feed a crowd or prep for the week. They’re also cost-effective, easy to make and you can totally sneak in the veggies you need to keep your nutrition on track.
Here are some more casserole recipes you can try:
- Low Carb Cheeseburger Casserole – Who says you need a bun to enjoy a juicy cheeseburger?
- Loaded Cauliflower Casserole – Take advantage of nature’s superfood.
- Low Carb Meatloaf – Because everyone needs a little comfort food.
- Low Carb Squash Casserole – Just like the Southern classic, without the carbs!
- Zucchini Enchiladas – You read that right, and they’re addicting!
This low carb breakfast casserole is a savory protein-packed flavor bomb! The combination of sweet Italian sausage, veggies and cheese really takes things to the next level…
Let me know what you think in the comments below, and enjoy!