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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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78 thoughts on “Broccoli & Smoked Sausage Casserole”

  1. We really liked this recipe however, I agree with another comment – I would cut back on the garlic. Maybe just one tsp. I’m going to keep making it and cutting back each time until I perfect it! Oh – and we added more sausage to make it the main dish 🙂 Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  2. DEE-LISH
    Highly recommend this keep in mind any dish cooked with a brick of cream cheese will be very rich
    I cooked accordingly but added on top ground up pork rinds seasoned with Chili and Cooked bacon bits
    This will be one of our repeats meals

  3. Calene Jackson

    Made this last year for my family Christmas get together & now they request I make it every year because they liked it so much!

  4. crystal allbritten

    Winner! Topped with crushed porkrinds and Redmond ds seasoned salt…yummy and easy!!!

  5. I’ll give ya a 5 star, I thought it was pretty good, I made per the recipe except I cooked longer and hotter. 30 min. At 400f to get it bubbly and a golden brown .

    1. Karly Campbell

      I haven’t tried freezing this one. I’d be a bit worried about the cream cheese getting funky but it may turn out fine!

  6. Bamboo Cottage

    Way too salty, needs a carb friendly ingredient to bulk it it up. I made this for my mom and dad, and needed some extra stuff to absorb the extra liquid from the steamed broccoli. I won’t be making this again

  7. Chris Gibson

    I like garlic don’t get me wrong but holy hell that is way to much garlic for this recipe. We will try it again but with about 1/2 of the garlic powder.

  8. Taste- delicious
    Make again- yes

    Review: Not sure the issue of other’s. In rating recipes one should tell relevant information. Once you modify, it’s not the recipe. This was great. I changed nothing, used quality ingredients because that matters with some things like cheeses and meats! Fresh broccoli was also used. Thank you for this great recipe!

  9. shannon willeford

    Ok so I made the dish with only a few modifications. I’m on a tight budget so I used what I had Colby jack instead of cheddar and only three quarters of a teaspoon of garlic. I enjoyed it! Now my husband on the other hand said it was ok but…
    So next time I’m going to use less salt and i will try frozen vegetables an American cheese. Understand in his opinion a vegetable isn’t cooked right if its not falling apart and mushy. So thumbs up here!

  10. The first couple of bites I was impressed but after that, it was overwhelming how much cream cheese came through on the flavor. This was probably the only and last time I’ll make this recipe. Worth a shot for others to try though!

      1. My hubby loves cheese and he agreed that there was too much cheese. We won’t make this again.

  11. 28 ounces of broccoli was way too much. I has two 12 oz bags and the cheese wouldn’t coat half the broccoli. Also, there was no way it would fit in 8 x 8 bowl. Perhaps that was the starting weight of the broccoli not the florets? I weighed the bags and they were accurate. Anyway, to offset the broccoli size, I had to use 1.5x the cheese and it came out reasonable, but no way near as cheesy as shown in the picture. Next time, I think I’ll stick with the single 12oz bag!

  12. Very delicious. Maybe cut half cheese out. And I softened cream cheese in microwave first which helped with mixing. And added blackened seasoning.

  13. This was the best thing ever! I could have eaten the whole pan! My husband loved it, too! Plus, it’s so easy to prepare. Definately going to be a weekly one in our house! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Massive fail for my family. I made exactly per recipe. We are a family of 10 but I never double new recipes in case they are poorly received, I just make extra sides. Despite 10 of us being teenage boys, only half of this was eaten , the consensus being it tastes “weird.” Straight to our Do Not Make Again pile. Everyone likes smoked sausage, cheese, and broccoli so I was surprised this recipe was a loser for us. I can’t have smoked sausage so just picked out the broccoli and that tasted fine to me.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Sorry it wasn’t a hit for you guys. Perhaps your smoked sausage was off, if you thought it tasted fine without it?

  15. Used cauliflower because I don’t like broccoli and subbed homemade ricotta for the Mayo to lighten it up a bit. Also added some mustard for an acid as it’s pretty heavy.

  16. Can suggest instead of using bread crumbs, crush pork rinds. Keto friendly & adds good crunch. I used the Salt & pepper ones from Walmart on chicken broccoli cheddar casserole. Yum!

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