Country Breakfast Casserole

A complete breakfast in one dish, this casserole is always a hit. With rice, crumbled breakfast sausage, 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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Country Breakfast Casserole

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 25 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
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TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded pizza cheese blend, divided
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into rings
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 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, in place of the Minute® White Rice.

What is a Country Breakfast?

A country breakfast normally combines all of your breakfast favorite ingredients, such as 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 Breakfast Sausage?

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

Try adding breakfast sausages into these Quinoa and Sausage Breakfast Muffins

Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese

This cheese blend takes two popular cheeses, mozzarella and provolone, and combines them. Typically, this shredded-cheese blend is used for making pizzas but it can be used for making any recipe that calls for stretchy, melty cheese, including casseroles, dips and pasta dishes. 

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 at home. To begin with, cut your tomatoes in half and get rid of the seeds. Grate the tomatoes into a saucepan, then heat over a medium 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 it into rings.

Mexican Rice

If you’re looking for some more meal inspiration, try making this Mexican Rice Recipe.

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