Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast can sometimes be a struggle around this place. My family likes a “real” meal in the morning, but there isn’t always time for me to cook a lot in the mornings. This breakfast casserole is great to fix ahead and stick in the fridge. It can be warmed in the microwave, and BAM! Homecooked breakfast meal.

1 lb. ground sausage
1 box Rice-A-Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice
1 can water chestnuts
1 green onion
1 pkg fresh sliced mushrooms

Brown the sausage over medium heat in a dutch oven. Crumble it finely as it cooks.

Add in the package of mushrooms and continue cooking about 5 more minutes.

Add in the seasoning packet from the Rice-A-Roni. Mix well into meat/mushroom mixture.

There are about a million different flavors of Rice-A-Roni, and truth be told, you could use whichever one you prefer. Here’s the one we use.

Mix the dry rice into the mushroom/meat/seasoning mixture. Blend rice well and let it simmer about 3 minutes.

Add 3 cups of hot water and mix well. Put lid on dutch oven and let it cook for about 20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom. During last five minutes of cooking time, add water chestnuts and green onions.

This recipe is a crowd-pleaser. I have served it for Christmas breakfast, for Sunday school socials, and lots of other big gatherings. When I do, I double the recipe (hence the picture of two rice packages above πŸ™‚

If made ahead for a crowd, it can be transferred to a baking dish and warmed on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Be sure to keep it covered so it doesn’t dry out.

This breakfast casserole has been part of a lot of great family times. I hope it will serve your family as well!

Check out our other breakfast recipes on our Recipe Index page.


  1. I am loving this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. thehillhangout says

    Thanks, Pamela! Hope your family likes it!

  3. Amy @ MahliMoo says

    This looks fantastic. I have been looking for some breakfast casserole recipes for a while and this looks like something the whole family would enjoy.

    Thanks for linking up to Totally Pinworthy. I am glad you did because it meant that I found your wonderful blog.

    Amy x

  4. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to Marvelous Mondays! πŸ™‚


  5. Hello! Welcome to MTM. I’m so glad you found it and linked up. This looks great. I would’ve never thought to put Rice a Roni in breakfast casserole. Thanks for sharing, and what a cute blog you have.

  6. This sounds like a really great, filling breakfast meal. I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    • thehillhangout says

      Great, Holly! I serve it with a side of fruit, and we’re good to go. Hope y’all like it.

  7. Wow – what an interesting idea!! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!!

  8. This sounds terrific!! I’d love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It’s a new linky party starting today. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi

  9. Yum! This looks and sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a go. And when I do I’ll be sure to feature it on my blog and refer back to you! I am officially your newest follower πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what else is in store on this lovely blog of yours!

  10. Looks delicious. Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week with more.

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