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Breakfast Mac and Cheese Recipe

Breakfast Mac and Cheese with lots of sausage and a crumbled biscuit topping is a truly original way to start the day. Who says mac and cheese isn’t for breakfast?


Breakfast Mac and Cheese in cast iron pan.

I’ve had this Mac and Cheese recipe from Dinner or Dessert pinned to my Mac and Cheese Pinterest Board for a while and I finally got around to making it on Tuesday when my kids were home for a snow day, really an ice day. It’s a very rare treat when we get actual fluffy snow in South Carolina.

What I love aboout this Mac and Cheese Recipe:


There’s a whole lot of flavor in this mac and cheese: 3 kinds of cheese (pepper jack, colby, and cheddar), a jalapeno pepper, diced red bell pepper, and my favorite part- the crumbled biscuit topping. I used a small can of Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits, but you could use homemade.

Mac and Cheese in a cast iron pan and a stack of plates.

Breakfast Mac and Cheese Recipe Tips:


You can change this breakfast Mac and Cheese up to suit your tastes. Use bacon instead of sausage or leave the jalapeno out and substitute monterey jack for the pepper jack if you don’t like your foods spicy. I’ve used Cavatappi pasta, but any pasta shape can be used.

Best eaten the day it is made but leftovers will save for 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Any day started with mac and cheese is a great day!


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Breakfast Mac and Cheese in cast iron pan.

Breakfast Mac and Cheese

Who says you can't have mac and cheese for breakfast? This Breakfast Mac and Cheese is full of sausage and has a crumbled biscuit topping.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 50 minutes


  • 1 pound of pasta, I used cavatappi shaped pasta
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, removed from casings and crumbled
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, discard seeds and dice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 or 6 toasted breakfast biscuits, homemade or the from the refrigerated aisle of the grocery store, crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente and drain.
  • In a large pan, cook sausage, crumbling it with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Once no longer pink, remove it to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add onion, red pepper, and jalapeno to grease in pan and cook until softened, about 4 to 5 minutes.
    Stir in the garlic salt.
  • Spoon onion mixture into bowl with sausage.
  • Add the butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until thickened. Turn heat off and add 2/3 of the cheese. Stir until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add pasta, and reserved sausage/onion mixture. Stir until evenly mixed. Pour into a buttered casserole dish or cast iron pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs together and then stir in the remaining cheese plus the crumbled biscuits. Pour this mixture on top of the mac and cheese.
  • Place in oven for 25 to 30 minutes.


Calories: 840kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: mac and cheese

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Originally published February 21, 2015.

Recipe Source: adapted from Dinner or Dessert

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30 thoughts on “Breakfast Mac and Cheese Recipe”

  1. Brandon Pruitt

    Are the biscuits cooked before hand or is it raw biscuits crumbled then the cook in the oven all together?

  2. Michael Berglund

    Crazy Question… is the pasta cooked before you add it to the casserole mixture or does it cook when the casserole is cooking?

  3. Awesome – I’ll be adding BACON to mine too ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t ever go wrong adding bacon ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Christin, I love this recipe! It caught my eye immediately and I had to check it out! I love that your daughter eats so much pasta! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m planning to make this in the next week – and I’ll come back and comment again! Yummy!

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    If I could indulge in a bowl of mac and cheese every morning for breakfast I totally would – this looks so comforting, nourishing and cheesy delicious Christin!

  6. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Wow – this looks insanely good!! I make all kinds of mac n cheese, but a breakfast version never crossed my mind. It’s genius! I just shared it to my FB page.

  7. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Wow, my mind is blown! What a great idea! I’m always looking for new excuses to eat Mac N Cheese. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Mac and cheese for breakfast?! Sign me up! Christin this recipe is awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ As a breakfast for dinner kind of person, this is right up my alley.

  9. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oooh this looks heavenly! I am such a mac and cheese girl. I LOVE this breakfast version!

  10. This is such a delicious idea, Christin! If made this one morning, my boys would flip out! Or it would be great for breakfast for dinner, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    The second I saw this title, I literally said out loud. Oh, LORD yes!
    Christin, this mac is absolutely genius! I mean, anything mac ‘n’ cheese has my name all over it, but in breakfast form?! I think I’m in love. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

  12. Oh my!!! Mac and cheese for breakfast?? That sounds amazing. And that biscuit topping – so so good!

    We had a few ice days here too – it’s crazy! We thought we moved here to get away from all that!!

  13. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Christin, you did NOT! You made nummy-licious Mac and Cheese for breakfast? Girl, get out! I am so digging this! Wait – I’m going to get a fork, and I’ll help you make that deliciousness disappear! Yummo! PinneD

  14. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken

    I’ve had a version of this bookmarked forever. It looks amazing! I must finally give this a try.

  15. Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    I love mac and cheese and to turn it into breakfast! WOW I’m happy right now. I love the addition of breakfast sausage.

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