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Broccoli & Smoked Sausage Casserole

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This broccoli cheddar casserole with smoked sausage is extra cheesy, bursting with flavor, and a quick way to get dinner on the table!

My dad was always a huge fan of smoked sausage when I was a kid and I was honestly just kind of weirded out by it.

Like, was it just an overgrown hot dog? Why are you slicing it up and putting it in things? What is even happening?

Then I grew up and decided that smoked sausage is one of my favorite things ever because a) it tastes good and b) it cooks in about 2 minutes and I’m a busy mom who’s just trying to get dinner on the table as easily as possible.

So, today we’ve got this broccoli cheddar casserole situation loaded with browned smoked sausage. It’s beyond easy and oh so delicious.

You ready for the step by step? But first, drool over that saucy goodness happening in the photo below…oh man.

broccoli cheddar casserole in white dish

How to make this keto sausage recipe:

First, you’re going to want about 28 ounces of fresh broccoli florets. I just buy the bag of florets, but you can definitely by a head of broccoli and chop it up yourself.

I don’t recommend frozen broccoli for this recipe. Fresh is best, always. It doesn’t get nearly as mushy or weird as frozen broccoli does.

Add your broccoli to a large mixing bowl along with a couple tablespoons of water and cover it all tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave this for 2 minutes and then let it sit for 2 minutes to steam.

If you don’t have a microwave or don’t like using plastic wrap in the microwave, you can do this on a stove top steamer. You’re looking for warm, barely cooked broccoli. We’re going to finish this in the oven, so don’t over do it.

smoked sausage in skillet

While the broccoli is doing it’s thang, slice up some smoked sausage and toss it in a hot skillet to brown. I like to get mine really browned on the edges, because it amps the flavor up majorly.

Add some cream cheese, mayo, cheddar, garlic powder, and pepper to a mixing bowl and stir really well to combine.

ingredients for keto sausage casserole recipe in glass bowl

Dump that mixture over your hot broccoli and sausage and stir to coat. The cheese mixture is thick, but it should mix in pretty easily since the broccoli is hot.

Pop all that in a baking dish, top it off with a sprinkle of Parmesan, and bake it up!

smoked sausage casserole in white baking dish

If you love my broccoli casserole, you might notice that this is a riff on that recipe!

What comes out of your oven is a seriously gooey, creamy broccoli cheddar casserole loaded with bits of browned smoked sausage.

I think I could eat this every day!

Side dish or main dish? 

This recipe is pretty filling thanks to all of the cheese, broccoli, and sausage so you definitely could consider it a main dish. Just know that it also packs a lot of fat and is a bit carb heavy if you’re keto.

We serve this as a side dish and the nutrition is based on this making 8 servings. If you’d like to serve as a main, double each portion to serve 4 people and be sure to double the nutrition info when tracking. 🙂

smoked sausage casserole in baking dish

What kind of smoked sausage to use? 

Smoked sausage comes in a variety of flavors and from many different brands. I was super surprised to see how many carbs are loaded in some of those sausages!

Hillshire Farm makes a smoked sausage with only 1 carb per 2 ounce serving and that’s what I use and how I’ve calculated the nutrition info for this recipe. It’s the lowest carb option I’ve seen and tastes great.

pan of broccoli cheddar casserole on a dish towel

More low carb favorites to try: 

Broccoli Salad: Broccoli is my favorite veggie, if you hadn’t noticed! This broccoli salad is divine.

Pulled Pork: I love a good slow cooker recipe and the sauce on this one is amazing.

Lemon Chicken: Quick, easy, and so creamy and flavorful!

Fathead Pizza: I topped mine off with BLT goodness!

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White oval baking pan with sliced sausages and cheese

Cheesy Broccoli & Sausage Casserole

This broccoli casserole is extra creamy and cheesy and it's packed with flavor from browned smoked sausage. 

Per serving: 533 calories, 46g fat, 20g protein, 8g carbs, 2g fiber = 6g net carbs

Yield 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces fresh broccoli florets
  • 16 ounces smoked sausage
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the broccoli to a large microwave safe bowl along with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Let sit, covered, for 2 minutes.
  3. While broccoli is steaming, slice the sausage into thin rounds and add to a hot skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sausage is browned on the outside.
  4. Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a small bowl and mix well to combine.
  5. Stir the cream cheese mixture and browned sausage into the steamed broccoli until well combined.
  6. Transfer broccoli to an 8x8 baking dish and sprinkle the Parmesan over the top.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition information is based on this serving 8 people as a side dish. If you'd like to serve this as a main dish, it should serve 4 people and you'll need to double the macros. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 982mgCarbohydrates: 8gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 20g

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82 thoughts on “Broccoli & Smoked Sausage Casserole”

  1. I’m on keto and have a family. It’s not always easy to find meals I can make for everyone. We all enjoy this recipe. It’s easy to make, filling and tastes great. Thanks!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Oh, I love to hear that! My entire goal when starting this website was to help make it easier for those doing keto to also feed their family without having to cook a second meal (something I struggled with myself in the beginning). I love when I get the job done right! 🙂

      1. I made this dish for dinner and I loved it but it was a little salty. I followed recipe so I don’t know what I did wrong.

        1. Karly Campbell

          The sausage, cheese, and added salt may have just been more than you’d normally like in a dish. Next time leave the extra salt out and/or skip the Parmesan. 🙂

  2. This does not seem to make sense to me. You consider it to be a side dish with 533 calories. I would assume that with the smoked sausage it would be a main dish. As a side dish the calorie count and macros are exorbitant! You could not eat anything else. If you double the macros as you suggested 1 of 4 servings would be over 1000 calories and ridulous amounts of fat, protein etc. How can you publish this. There is no way it is even close to healthy! I am appalled.

    1. Karly Campbell

      There are plenty of recipes out there that have more calories and fat than this. Keto is meant to be high fat, moderate protein, and low carb, which this fits. That said, it’s the responsibility of the reader to decide what fits their idea of healthy and make the recipes that fit within their nutrition goals. Sounds like this one isn’t for you, but that doesn’t make it ‘appalling’ or unhealthy.

  3. Do you know how large a serving is? I weighed out 8oz and I am trying to calculate the nutrition.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Josh! We just divide equally into 8 servings. I didn’t measure by volume or weight.

  4. Bumbershoot

    I wish I had been paying attention as I followed the recipe. With smoked sausage and cheese in it, it didn’t need any added salt. It also used too many dishes, and the payoff wasn’t worth the labor.

  5. This looks really good, I’m thinking of using a sausage substitute to make it vegetarian-friendly. Glad I found this!

  6. Made this tonight. It was really good. I wish I had steamed the broccoli longer than listed. It was still a little crunchy for my liking. Definitely will make again.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Susan! There are links on the side bar and one pops up as you hover over the photo as well. If you’re on a mobile device, there is a pin button right at the top of the recipe card. Hope that helps.

  7. Such a good recipe! I adjusted it slightly only because I had these items on hand and we’re staying home due to current events. I used a turkey kielbasa, no mayonnaise, 8 ounces of cream cheese, some riced cauliflower, and a blend of sharp white cheddar and pepper jack cheese plus McCormick Steak Seasoning as I didn’t have garlic powder. SO GOOD! Husband (who is on a keto meal plan now and has lost 30lbs in 6 weeks) L O V E D it! Oh, I also added a 1/4 teaspoon of dried mustard because I enjoy the flavor profile and I thought it was a good addition. Looking forward to making this based on the original recipe as soon as I can get to the store. I bet it will be even better then the adjustments I made.

  8. Jacqueline

    This was the second time I made this for my family. My boys and I really enjoy it, but my husband finds it a bit too rich. I did only use 8 ounces of cream cheese, and definitely didn’t miss the extra. Sharing with my Keto friends!

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