Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole

Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole is a combination of one of our favorite meats and our best potato casserole! 

Our family really enjoys eating this easy smoked sausage recipe for dinner!  The men especially love the smoked sausage and potato dish.

Cheesy potato casserole covered with sausage pieces

Smoked Sausage Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

My husband LOVES smoked sausage with a hearty serving of hashbrowns.  One of our family’s favorite casseroles is our Farmhouse Cheesy Potatoes.  We were looking for new dinner ideas and adding smoked sausage to a classic just made sense. 

The result is this super cheesy and super delicious Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole!

Hashbrowns are our favorite type of frozen potato to use in a casserole. They cook faster and blend well with the other creamy ingredients for maximum flavor in every bite.

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Smoked Sausage or Kielbasa and Sauerkraut are some of our favorite recipes.  The traditional mix of Sausage, Potatoes & Green Beans in the Instant Pot and the similar Sausage, Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans are also regulars in our meal rotation. 

Smoked sausage and cheesy potatoes on a white dinner plate with a fork

Cheesy Potato and Smoked Sausage Hashbrown Casserole is unlike any of our other dinner recipes with sausage because of all of the cheese.  It’s the kind of meal that you crave.  We always serve with a salad or another green vegetable like Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli to give balance to the meal.

If you have a lot of smoked sausages some extra coins or slices can be mixed into this Sausage Fried Rice for another delicious meal!

Smoked Sausage Casserole

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times already and think it’s funny that my dad and husband both strongly prefer the sausage on top.  I have a hunch they want to see the meat in the meal.  In my opinion, stirring the sausage into the casserole tastes the same as spreading it out on top.

Mix sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, cream of mushroom soup and frozen hash browns together and bake for about 30 minutes.  Add some more cheese and smoked sausage for another 15 – 20 minutes and dinner is ready!

Check the label to be sure, but know that most smoked sausage is pre-cooked so it only needs to be heated.  The cheesy potatoes take about an hour to bake.  Sausage will burn sitting on top of the casserole for an hour, so I like to add the top sausage layer with about 15 go 20 minutes to go in the baking time.

Partial pan of of cheesy potatoes casserole with smoked sausage

Sausage and Potato Skillet is a new favorite because it’s easy.   And this casserole is a great addition to our collection of the best-smoked sausage dinner recipes!

Tips for Success

  • Make sure frozen shredded hash browns separate easily, frozen clumps will take longer to bake, so I use a butter knife to break up if necessary
  • Use a large bowl to mix the ingredients in, mixing these ingredients takes a lot of space
  • Recipe can easily be divided in half by using a smaller pan or decreasing baking time in the same size pan
  • Extra cubed cheese can be used in place of shredded if you have extra from a cheese tray or party
  • Sausage can be sliced however you like
  • Casserole makes great freezer meals and reheats well for quick lunches throughout the week

How to Make Smoked Sausage and Potato Casserole

  1. Pour hashbrowns into a large mixing bowl
  2. Spread sour cream and cream of mushroom soup over hashbrowns
  3. Season with salt and pepper by sprinkling over the top.  Stir well.
  4. Add 2 cups of cheddar cheese and stir well.
  5. Spread in the bottom of greased 9 x 13 baking pan
  6. Bake for 35 minutes at 350ºF
  7. Add remaining cup of cheddar cheese and sliced smoked sausage
  8. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the casserole is heated through and all of the cheese is melted well.
collage of smoked sausage and potato casserole with cheese

Storage and Handling

Allow leftover to cool and then put into containers with individual servings. We like to use an air tight container or store tightly covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

The casserole can be frozen before or after baking by wrapping with plastic wrap and then adding another layer of foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Allow the casserole to defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours before removing the plastic wrap and baking or reheating.

Leftover reheat and taste wonderful. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Printable Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe

smoked sausage and cheesy potatoes

Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole

Servings 8 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole is a combination of one of our favorite meats and our best potato casserole!  We created this easy smoked sausage recipe that our family really enjoys eating for dinner!  The men especially love the smoked sausage and potato dish.
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package shredded hash browns 26 ounce bag
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10.5 ounce cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 pound smoked sausage sliced

Instructions
 

  • Pour hashbrowns into a large mixing bowl.
    1 package shredded hash browns
  • Spread sour cream and cream of mushroom soup over hashbrowns. Season with salt and pepper by sprinkling over the top.  Stir well.
    1 cup sour cream, 10.5 ounce cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add 2 cups of cheddar cheese and stir well.
    3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Spread in the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes at 350ºF
  • Add remaining cup of cheddar cheese and sliced smoked sausage. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the casserole is heated through and all of the cheese is melted well.
    1 pound smoked sausage

Notes

  • Make sure frozen shredded hash browns separate easily, frozen clumps will take longer to bake, so I use a butter knife to break up if necessary
  • Use a large bowl to mix the ingredients in, mixing these ingredients takes a lot of space
  • Recipe can easily be divided in half by using a smaller pan or decreasing baking time in the same size pan
  • Extra cubed cheese can be used in place of shredded if you have extra from a cheese tray or party
  • Sausage can be sliced however you like
  • Casserole makes great freezer meals and reheats well for quick lunches throughout the week

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Nutrition

Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 21gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1331mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 604IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 347mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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26 Comments

  1. Wonder how to adjust cooking times using fresh shredded potatoes ?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey! That sounds like a great idea! I haven’t tested using fresh shredded potatoes, but I would try reducing the initial cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes depending on your oven and other conditions. Let me know how this turns out for you!

  2. Paullette says:

    Can I substitute cream cheese for the sour cream ingredient ?

    1. Hi! I haven’t tried that substitution, but I imagine it would work well as long as it’s stirred into the potatoes well. Please let me know how it tastes!

  3. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow night! I have all the ingredients on hand except for cream of mushroom so I will substitute cream of chicken. Also, I love the tips for success section. It’s great!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments! Hope you love the recipe!

    2. How did the substitute cream of chicken turn out?

    3. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      We’ve done this before too and it works great! I think it’s a bit of a more mild flavor than cream of mushroom soup. If you’re on the fence about a little mushroom flavor go with the cream of chicken. If you love mushrooms go with cream of mushroom! Hope you enjoy the flavors you choose!

  4. Right now I have Campbell’s soups of cream of potato, cream of bacon, cream of broccoli, cream if chicken, cheddar cheese, as well as the ever suggested cream of mushroom. Why do so many cooks only use cream of mushroom? I think this recipe would be terrific will any of the soups in my pantry. I am going to use cream of bacon, mix the sausage in, and put crumbled bacon on top. Pig is pig after all. B

    1. 4 stars
      This was tasty but kind of dry. I cut the ingredients in half for just the 2 of us and perhaps that was the problem. I only used 1/2 can of soup. Next time I will use the whole can and increase the sour cream. I think I will use the leftovers with fried eggs for breakfast. Thank you for this recipe 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Our family loves meals like this. Even the picky eaters are happy, and mom is happy with a casserole that is quick and easy to put together and pop in the oven.

  6. Would this freeze well? If so cooked or uncooked? I’m having Upcoming surgery and I want some freezer pleased meals on hand.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hello! I haven’t tested it, but I do think this casserole would freeze well either way. I think the entire cooked recipe could be frozen. If I were to freeze the uncooked casserole I would wait to brown and add the smoked sausage while the casserole is baking.

      I hope your surgery and recovery go well!

  7. 5 stars
    It was very good. Husband liked it.

  8. 5 stars
    This was fantastic- it is very versatile, so I used what is on hand- cheddar cheese soup and cream of chicken, plus 4 oz more potatoes as that is what was in the package. Last cup of cheese on top of sausage.

    This is a real keeper. We really loved it. So simple too.

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious comfort food! My family loved it!
    I tweaked the recipe by adding 3/4 of a can of evaporated milk, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, sour cream as directed, 2 tablespoons of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, pepper, and salt. I cut the cheese back to a cup and a half placing it on top of the casserole. The milk added such a nice richness to the casserole. I will make again. Thank you for sharing!

  10. I don’t know if you did, but it looks like you browned the smoked sausage before adding it to the casserole. I always do because smoked sausage/kielbasa has a ton of grease.

  11. Courtney Stowell says:

    How many fresh shredded potatoes would you use?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! I haven’t tested this with fresh potatoes, but since it calls for 26 ounces of shredded hash browns I would use between 1.5 and 2 pounds of fresh potatoes. I hope you enjoy, please let us know how it turns out!

  12. 5 stars
    Tried this tonight.. was awesome. Put sausage cut up.mixed on.
    Then sliced on top.. Will definitely do this again. Thank you

  13. Shawna Post says:

    5 stars
    We loved it!! Will be making it again for sure! Hubby loved it too! We had some sweet corn on the side and thought it might be good to even add to the recipe. We also love mushrooms, so also thinking about adding a can next time. But it’s delicious just the way it is too! 🙂 Thank you!!

  14. 5 stars
    Great recipe!
    My family loved it.
    I appreciated how easy it was to make!

  15. Rachel Staloch says:

    5 stars
    Super easy, delicious and kid-friendly!! Everyone loved jt!!

  16. Sue Dupont says:

    Did you cook the sausage beforehand?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! We start with pre-cooked smoked sausage or Kielbasa. Browning the slices in a little vegetable oil is optional. Hope you enjoy!

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious! Great combination of flavors and ever so easy to throw together!

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