Country Breakfast Casserole

A complete breakfast in one dish, this casserole is always a hit. With white or whole-grain brown rice, crumbled breakfast sausage, just the right amount of pizza cheese blend, red bell peppers and eggs, it’s a colorful, hearty, delicious way to start the day. And, it’s ready in just 30 minutes!

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice or Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded pizza blend cheese, divided
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into rings
  • 6 eggs
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  • This country breakfast casserole made with Minute® Rice is ready in just 30 minutes and includes plenty of great tasting breakfast foods.

    Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • In a large skillet brown sausage over high heat. Drain fat, if necessary.

    Step 3

  • Stir in cooked rice, 1 cup cheese and tomato sauce. Spread mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish.

    Step 4

  • With a serving spoon, make six indentations in the mixture, spaced equally apart. Place a bell pepper ring around each indentation and gently press in place. Crack an egg into each ring and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

    Step 5

  • Bake for 20 minutes or until eggs have just set. Serve topped with crushed red pepper flakes, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    Adding more whole grains to your diet? Try this recipe using two bags of Minute® Rice and Quinoa, prepared as mentioned above.

What is a Country Breakfast?

A country breakfast normally combines all your breakfast favorite ingredients like eggs, sausages and tomatoes together in one dish. Whilst a country breakfast would typically be prepared in a skillet, this recipe is an oven baked casserole version. 

For another classic breakfast dish, learn how to make this Mexican Breakfast Scramble

What is a Breakfast Sausage?

Fresh country sausages can also be referred to as breakfast sausages as they are typically enjoyed as part of a breakfast. This type of sausage is normally made up of pork and some mild seasonings. 

Try adding breakfast sausages into these Quinoa and Sausage Breakfast Muffins

Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese

This cheese blend sees two of our favorite cheeses, mozzarella and provolone, combined. Typically this shredded-cheese blend is used for making pizzas but it can be used for making recipes like this one along with dips and pasta sauce. 

Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is a common kitchen staple and can be found in most pantries, however what can you do if you’ve run out? Luckily it’s actually very simple to make your own tomato sauce. To begin with, chop your tomatoes and get rid of the seeds. Grate the tomato into a bowl then heat over a high heat. Add in some salt, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic and basil and bring to the boil. Leave the mixture to simmer until the sauce has reduced by half. 

There are plenty of recipes you can make with tomato sauce, for example these Classic Stuffed Peppers.

How to Slice Your Red Bell Peppers Into Rings 

To begin with, lay the bell pepper on its side and slice off the stem and the bottom of the pepper. You’ll then want to run the knife around the inside of the pepper to remove the seeds. Once you have deseeded the pepper, lay it on its side and cut into rings.

Mexican Rice

If you’re looking for some more meal inspiration, try making this Mexican rice in a box.

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