Sausage and Grits Casserole

This Sausage and Grits Casserole is less then 8 ingredients and makes the perfect dish for a weekend brunch or get together. It’s been added to our family’s collection of Easy Casserole Recipes!

This breakfast casserole brings together two staples of Southern cooking—savory sausage and creamy grits—in a union that celebrates tradition and flavor. It’s roots extend into Southern cuisine and has graced countless tables throughout the years.

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This recipe is the perfect blend of both creamy and savory flavors. We really enjoy making it for a nice weekend brunch. It makes a fantastic comfort food option for any occasion, not just brunch.

Why You Should Make This Sausage Casserole

  • The recipe itself is steeped in Southern tradition and roots
  • It contains less then 8 ingredients which means less work and less money spent
  • Assembly and cooking takes minimal effort
  • It’s 100% kid approved

Ingredients and Tips for Sausage Casserole

Wondering what you need to make this meal? I got you covered below!

  • Spicy Pork Sausage: This is the meat and protein part of the recipe. We like to use ground sausage because we prefer the texture of it in a casserole versus sausage links.
  • Quick Cooking Grits: We use these type of grits to save on time. Using normal grits will add about an hour extra to your cooking time. We enjoy using the Quaker 5 Minute Quick Grits.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese: When combined with grits and sausage, this cheese brings creaminess to the recipe. Using Pepper Jack also adds a spiciness to the casserole.
A serving of Sausage and Grit Casserole on a little white plate in front of a full casserole dish.

Can You Suggest Different Types of Sausage to Use in this Casserole?

A ground sausage such as Jimmy Dean’s Pork Regular Sausage would work well. However, we have also used Johnsonville’s Italian Sausage Links with the casings off.

What Can I Serve as a Side Dish for this Casserole?

Since this is a savory breakfast casserole, we suggest serving something on the sweet side to balance things out. Our recipe for Lemon Berry Salad is a good example. You can also serve a side of slice oranges or strawberries.

How Can I Make a Vegetarian Version of this Casserole?

To make this casserole vegetarian, you can substitute the ground sausage with saute’d mushrooms. You can also try using a variety of beans such as pinto and chile beans.

What Size Dish Do I Use to Cook Grit Casserole?

Using a standard 9×13 inch size dish when you create this recipe is recommended. We love using these Emile Henry casserole dishes to make ours. They come in different colors and are made with Burgundy clay for best baking/cooking results.

These Pyrex 9×13 casserole dishes are also wonderful to use due to their glass exterior. Each set also comes with lids which makes it convenient for transport.

What Other Spices Can I Use to Customize this Sausage and Grits Casserole?

Customizing the flavor of this casserole is the best part of this recipe. We enjoy using spices from the company, Savory Spice, to help bring our dishes to life. These Savory Spice Gift Sets come complete with everything you need to create a wonderful casserole.

More of Our Favorite Breakfast Casseroles

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Grit and Sausage Casserole in a 9x13 inch casserole dish on top of a gingham napkin and wood pallet.

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Grit and Sausage Casserole in a 9x13 inch casserole dish on top of a gingham napkin and wood pallet.

Sausage and Grits Casserole

This Sausage and Grits Casserole is less then 8 ingredients and makes the perfect recipe for your next brunch or get together.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, sausage
Serves: 12 servings
Calories Per Serving: 198


  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage (ground and spicy/hot)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 3 tbsp. butter (melted)
  • 3 large eggs (beaten)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook the ground sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until the sausage is crumbly (about 15 minutes). Drain grease and place cooked sausage in a large mixing bowl.
  • Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir in the grits, chicken bouillon, and heavy whipping cream. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the grits are thick, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • In the sausage bowl, stir together the shredded cheese, melted butter, and beaten eggs. Fold in the cooked grits until well combined.
  • Pour the grits and sausage into the greased casserole dish. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Umm I love me some grits Libby. I cant wait to try this recipe.

  2. Alwayzbakin says:

    Oooh. This looks delicious!

  3. my husband's family from texas is here visiting, i should totally make this for them!

  4. Thanks everyone 😉 Teresa, you should make this for them 😉

  5. Anonymous says:

    Instead of water use chicken broth, it's so much better.

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