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Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage is wonderfully cheesy and rich and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You won’t be able to get enough of this wholesome southern casserole.


Grits Casserole in a blue casserole dish.



Cheesy Grits Casserole is a favorite of mine and it makes a great weeknight meal or brunch casserole for the upcoming holidays. Typically grits casserole is a little on the heavy side, but I’ve lightened it up by using Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage, just a touch of butter, and less cheese than usual (use low fat cheese if you wish).

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage


The casserole can be assembled a day ahead of time to make for an easy dinner or brunch the next day. Just let it sit out at room temperature while the oven heats and add a few minutes to the cooking time. In no time at all, you’ll have a wholesome, rich, and creamy meal on the table. If serving for dinner, I like to add a small side salad.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage in a blue casserole dish.

How To Make Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage:

  1. Cook the sliced sausage in a skillet for a few minutes. Add the red bell pepper and onion and continue to cook until they are soft and the sausage is browned.
  2. Cook the grits.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and garlic powder. Whisk some of the hot grit mixture in to temper the eggs. Then completely combine the two.
  4. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and half the cheddar cheese as well as the sausage mixture.
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese on top. Bake for 45 minutes.

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Grits Casserole in a blue casserole dish.

Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You won't be able to get enough of this wholesome southern casserole.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package smoked sausage, sliced (use turkey for a lighter casserole)
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups quick-cooking grits
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 11x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Add sliced sausage and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add red bell pepper and onion and sauté 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and chicken broth to a boil. Add salt and then slowly stir grits in. Simmer grits for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together milk, eggs, and garlic powder. Slowly stir in about 1 cup of the hot grits to temper the eggs. Then pour milk/grits mixture into saucepan with the rest of the grits. Stir well to combine.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and ½ of the Cheddar cheese. Mix in the sausage mixture. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese on top.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 45 minutes.


Calories: 305kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Casserole, cheese grits

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Originally published Sept 18, 2014.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage

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34 thoughts on “Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage”

  1. This looks so yummy! Would this recipe work with regular grits rather than quick cooking grits? Would the oven cooking time change?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, you can use regular grits. The oven time won’t change but you will want to cook the a little longer in Step 4.

  2. I’m a widow, cooking for one. I know it has a small amount of milk in it, but does anyone know if this would freeze well in individual serving sizes?

  3. Sandy Fineman

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I will definitely give this a go at our next family brunch and would highly recommend it to all. It is a delicious addition to a Southern (and possibly any) brunch.

  4. Sandy Fineman

    Love this casserole, but Christmas morning takes up both my ovens. Can this be made in a crockpot/slow cooker? If so, could I get instructions?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      It can definitely be made in a crockpot Sandy. I haven’t made this particular recipe in a crockpot so I’m not exactly sure about the best cooking time. Instead of pouring it into a baking dish, pour it into the crockpot. And I would try cooking it on LOW for 2-3 hours. You really just need to get it hot enough that the eggs set up.

  5. made this tonight and it was incredible! Great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. I used the English sausage bangers instead and it was fabulous!

  6. Made this casserole on the fly tonight. Super easy and super good. My family loved it and is looking forward to left overs. Thanks

  7. Sausage and cheesy grits.. for those that have the Pappadeaux restaurant near you, this is a staple on their menu but it is not the same everywhere. Best I had was at the restaurant in Cincinnati, worse was the restaurant in Austin , TX though they redeemed themselves with epic fried crawfish platter. I love their grits, very cheesy and savory though I think the sausage is pork not turkey.

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    We love grits at my home, and I can never resist a make-ahead-meal. Casseroles are a great go to meal in the Autumn, and smoked sausage sounds like an awesome addition to this recipe! 😀

  9. Yum! Smoked sausage always reminds me of dishes mom made growing up, and so genius to pair it with grits! What a fabulous and super easy dish!

  10. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Totally drooling over how cheesey and delicious this casserole is. It is the perfect weeknight comforting meal.. thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    I adore casseroles like this.. It looks so so incredible and it cab be whipped up in no time. smoked turkey sausage looks delicious.. Love everything about this casserole.. 🙂

  12. I love meals that come together easily and anything with cheese and sausage will definitely be a hit around here:) Grits and sausage sounds like a delicious combination!

  13. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Grits and sausage sound like the perfect combination! I love casseroles like this that are so easy to prepare. Delish!

  14. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I don’t cook with grits. Why? I have no idea. Maybe because I am a northerner? Lol Anyway this looks totally delicious and a very nice change of pace.

  15. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    Christin – this is a brilliant casserole idea – grits and veggies and sausage – why have I NEVER thought of this!

  16. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    I am aaaall about easy, throw-together-in-10 casseroles these days—this one looks so homey and comforting and I love all that smoky sausage!

  17. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

    What a great casserole idea! You used the best combination of ingredients here Christin 🙂 .

  18. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I so agree about the stress of getting dinner on the table during the back to school months. This dinner looks like just the ticket!! 🙂

  19. I agree, turkey shouldn’t just be for Thanksgiving! I love breakfast casseroles like this one, it is so nice having something nice a filling that doesn’t take much time to just heat up in the morning. It looks cheesy and delicious!

    1. sandra Waldram

      This looks nice, but being british I do not know what grits are. Is there an English equivalent, such as couscous.

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