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CROCKPOT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CROCKPOT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE - Butter with a Side of Bread


Crockpot Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight to be ready when you wake up in the morning!  Slow Cooker Breakfast casserole recipe is a high protein breakfast made with hash browns, sausage, cheese, eggs and veggies.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight to be ready when you wake up in the morning!  Slow Cooker Breakfast casserole recipe is a high protein breakfast made with hash browns, sausage, cheese, eggs and veggies.

Haven’t you ever dreamed about waking up in the morning to a hot breakfast that is completely ready to eat? Crockpot Breakfast Casserole makes that dream possible! Throw everything in the crockpot before you go to bed, and wake up to a delicious, filling breakfast full of protein.

Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole

When to serve Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole is perfect for special occasions (like Christmas morning!), but it is simple enough to make for just a regular weekday morning too. I love being able to serve my kids a filling breakfast before they rush off to school and they absolutely love this recipe.

I don’t know about all of you, but getting kids up and ready in the mornings can be a little chaotic and sometimes everyone is just grabbing whatever they can find to eat. I just feel so much better when my kids get a really good breakfast before they head off for the day.

This casserole is also hearty enough to eat for dinner! We love eating breakfast for dinner and with a little prep in the morning, you can have breakfast-for-dinner ready to eat right at dinner time.

Breakfast casserole recipe made in a crockpot

Simple Ingredient swaps for Breakfast Casserole

One of the things I love most about this recipe is how versatile it is. The hash browns and eggs are kind of a must, but beyond that, you can easily swap things out based on your family’s preferences (and what you have in the fridge)!

Swap out the meat: The recipe calls for sausage, but you could easily swap that out with ham or bacon or even leave out all the meat if you prefer. Or maybe even try a combination of meats – ham, bacon and sausage all taste great together!

Swap the cheese: The original recipe calls for mozzarella and Parmesan, but you can use any cheese you want! We really like a combination of cheddar and mozzarella, but you can use all cheddar. Or swiss. Or Monterey Jack. Or pretty much any combination of cheese you like better.

Swap the veggies: I love the sun-dried tomatoes and green onions in this recipe, but you can leave them out and go veggie-free if you prefer. Or add as many veggies as you want. Add peppers, onions, mushrooms… all great in this recipe!

Ingredients in breakfast casserole recipes

Ingredients in Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Frozen shredded hash brown potatoes – You’ll need a bag of hash browns that is between 26 and 32 ounces. No need to thaw the hash browns before adding to the casserole.

Pork sausage – I usually use plain pork sausage, but you can use Italian sausage or maple sausage. Or leave the sausage out altogether. Or swap in bacon or ham…or a combination of all 3!

Mozzarella and Parmesan – These cheeses go so well in this recipe, but you can use any kind of cheese or combination of cheeses you prefer. We love cheddar in this recipe!

Sun dried tomatoes – These come in a jar that can be found near the olives at the store. Usually on the top shelf! I love the flavor and texture of these tomatoes!

Green onions – Green onions add a perfect flavor to the breakfast casserole, but you can use a different variety of onion if you prefer. Just make sure they are finely chopped before adding to the recipe.

Eggs – Can’t forget the eggs! Holds everything together and adds so much protein to the recipe.

Milk – I use 2% because that’s what we have in the refrigerator, but pretty much any type of milk will work fine.

Salt and pepper– Adds the perfect amount of seasoning to the breakfast casserole.

How to layer a breakfast casserole in the slow cooker

How to make Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

Spray a large (6 quart) slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer half of the hash browns on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Top with half of the sausage, mozzarella, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and green onion. Repeat layers.

Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended.

Pour evenly over potato-sausage mixture.

Cook on low for 8 hours and on high for 4 hours (or until eggs are set).

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole recipe made with eggs, potatoes and sausage

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight to be ready when you wake up in the morning!  Slow Cooker Breakfast casserole recipe is a high protein breakfast made with hash browns, sausage, cheese, eggs and veggies.

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Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Keyword: crockpot breakfast casserole

Prep Time: 14 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Servings: 10

Calories: 385kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg frozen shredded hash browns (26-32 oz)
  • 1 lb pork sausage browned and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes drained and diced (from jar, packed in oil)
  • 6 green onions finely chopped
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  • Spray a large (6 quart) slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer half of the hash browns on the bottom of the slow cooker.

  • Top with half of the sausage, mozzarella, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and green onion. Repeat layers.

  • Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended.

  • Pour evenly over potato-sausage mixture.

  • Cook on low for 8 hours and on high for 4 hours (or until eggs are set).

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 736mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 649IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 3mg

What to serve with breakfast casserole?

The thing I love about breakfast casserole is that it is a pretty well-balance meal all by itself! You’ve got the eggs, meat, cheese and veggies…all in one dish! I do love to add some fresh fruit or a smoothie to go on the side – so simple and adds the finishing touch to a perfect meal.

Breakfast Casserole made with potatoes, sausage and eggs

CAN I USE FRESH POTATOES?

Yes, you can use fresh potatoes, although I recommend soaking them after washing and grating them. Soaking in cold water will remove some of the starch and allow your hash browns to cook without going mushy or discoloring. Just make sure to drain them well and pat dry with a paper towel to get rid of the extra moisture before adding the potatoes to the recipe.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight to be ready when you wake up in the morning!  Slow Cooker Breakfast casserole recipe is a high protein breakfast made with hash browns, sausage, cheese, eggs and veggies.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight to be ready when you wake up in the morning!  Slow Cooker Breakfast casserole recipe is a high protein breakfast made with hash browns, sausage, cheese, eggs and veggies.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole recipe ready when you are! High protein breakfast recipe made in the crockpot with eggs, cheese and sausage. Only takes a few minutes to put together and feeds a large crowd!

CROCKPOT HAM AND BEAN SOUP by Gordon Ramsay

CROCKPOT HAM AND BEAN SOUP


Crockpot ham and bean soup made easy with a ham bone, dried beans & vegetables. Simple & flavorful slow cooker recipe that uses leftover ham and pantry ingredients.

Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipeThis is quite possibly the best ham and bean soup recipe that I know of. Of course, I’m a little biased towards it, but I’m sure that once you try it, you’ll see what I mean. It’s super simple to prepare and after a few hours of cooking, this slow cooker ham and white bean soup tastes (and looks) incredible.

What is Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup?

This ham and navy bean soup is a simple broth soup filled with shredded or chunked ham, a few veggies and a lot of those white beans we like. Every bite is packed with protein, flavor, and blend of texture that work well with one another. You can use leftover holiday ham to create this simple soup recipe or buy ham for the occasion, either way- it’s worth it to try.

Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipeCrockpot Ham and Bean Soup Ingredients

-Ham bone: You can use 1 ham bone with ham or 2 smoked ham hocks depending on what you have on hand.

-White beans: We need 1 pound great northern beans or white beans, sorted and washed.

-Carrots: With 3 shredded carrots we can add more vibrant colors to the pot. They also add a little sweetness and flavor as well.

-Celery: We need 2 stalks of celery (diced) to add a little green and texture.

how to make Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipe-Onion: One diced onion will help to add some great aroma and flavor.

-Water: Creating our own flavorful broth, we need to start with a base of water. You’ll need enough to cover the ingredients in your crockpot, so this amount may vary.

-Salt and Pepper: This is added to taste.

-Leftover Ham: We need any leftover ham that you have, cubed up and tossed into the soup. You can also cut meat off of the ham bone when we finish cooking.

how to make Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipeHow to Make Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Place your ham bone or ham hock in the crock pot. Add the beans, carrots, celery and onion on top.

Cover the beans and ham bone with water. As it cooks, this will become a naturally flavorful broth.

Turn the crockpot on high and cook for 6-8 hours or until the beans are tender.

Take the ham bone out of the pot and then remove all of the ham from it. Shred or dice the ham and then return it to the pot.

Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve & enjoy!

Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipe

Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipe

Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Crockpot ham and bean soup made easy with a ham bone, dried beans & vegetables. Simple & flavorful slow cooker recipe that uses leftover ham and pantry ingredients. 

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Course: Main Dish, Soups & Stews

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Crock Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 171kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ham bone with ham or 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 2 cups ham cubed
  • 1 lb great northern beans or white beans, sorted and washed
  • 3 large carrots, shredded
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Water or chicken/ vegetable broth, if you prefer
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place ham bone in the bottom of the crockpot. 

  • Place beans, carrots, celery, and onion in the pot.  

  • Cover beans and ham bone with water.  

  • Turn on high for 6 to 8 hours until beans are tender.  

  • Take ham bone out of the pot and remove all ham. 

  • Shred or dice ham and return it to the pot.

  • Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Notes

Tip: Beans can be soaked overnight, then drained before adding to the crockpot.  This will shorten the cooking time. 
May be stored in the refrigerator for 7 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4578IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipe

How do you thicken ham and bean soup?

To thicken soup, ladle out 2-3 TBSP broth from the soup. Stir in 1 TBSP cornstarch. Return broth to soup and stir. Replace lid on slow cooker and let cook until thickened to desired consistency.

You can always take a cup of soup and run it through a blender or food processor until creamy. Then return it to the pot and stir it in. While the appearance will change, the texture changes as well. The crushed beans will help to make the soup feel thicker without any additional ingredients.

Do I need to soak beans if cooking in slow cooker?

You don’t have to soak the beans, but you could. With soaked beans you can reduce the amount of actual cooking time. Whether you choose to soak or not is up to you, just make sure you don’t skip the wash and sorting beans step because that will help to remove dirt, rocks, and other debris that end up in dried beans.

Easy Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup recipeCan I freeze ham and bean soup?

You can. This soup is freezer friendly. I recommend storing cooled soup in freezer-friendly containers for up to a few weeks. Then, thaw and cook or put it in a pot on medium/low until it’s cooked through.

Crockpot ham and bean soup made easy with a ham bone, dried beans & vegetables. Simple & flavorful slow cooker recipe that uses leftover ham and pantry ingredients.Crockpot ham and bean soup made easy with a ham bone, dried beans & vegetables. Simple & flavorful slow cooker recipe that uses leftover ham and pantry ingredients. 

CROCKPOT CHICKEN ALFREDO LASAGNA – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

CROCKPOT CHICKEN ALFREDO LASAGNA - Butter with a Side of Bread


Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Lasagna packed with vegetables, tender chicken and 3 kinds of cheese! Easy crockpot lasagna recipe perfect for busy weeknights!

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Lasagna recipeWith summer comes hot temperatures and the desire to order take out. But when you realize how simple and fast this dinner is to prepare you may just put that phone down and enjoy a home cooked meal instead. As a perk, your slow cooker doesn’t use as much energy or heat up the house as much when used! Bonus!

Making Crockpot Chicken Vegetable Alfredo

I’ve seen several recipes for crockpot lasagna, but to be honest, most had mixed reviews. Not only that, but I wanted an Alfredo lasagna where I could add in some veggies from the garden. So after reading a ton of different recipes and comments, I came up with this easy recipe and oh my heavens~ it’s a winner!! It’s so delicious and the noodles and vegetables were cooked perfectly. It’s not dry and has a wonderful flavor. It came together really quickly and I have a meal’s worth of leftovers, which is a bonus! My kids and husband were all raving about it, so it will certainly go into our normal rotation of meals.

Crockpot Chicken Alfredo Lasagna recipeCan I Use a Rotisserie Chicken?

If you have a rotisserie chicken on hand, by all means, use it (that’s what I did!) I love how the chicken comes precooked and at a great price. I love buying them to help stretch meals by taking and shredding the meat on the bones.

What’s Better Ricotta Cheese or Cottage Cheese for Lasagna?

Cottage cheese is a great option for those on a diet and wanting a healthier alternative. Cottage cheese may not have the same texture but it does have a similar flavor and at a fraction of the calories and fat.

Crockpot Chicken Alfredo Lasagna recipe ingredientsCrock Pot Chicken & Vegetable Alfredo Lasagna Ingredients

Noodles & Veggies

-1 9-oz box No Boil Lasagna Noodles

-8 oz sliced mushrooms

-1 zucchini, sliced thin

-1 yellow squash, sliced thin

-1 tomato, diced

Cheese Mixture

-1 16-oz container cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

-1 cup mozzarella, divided in half {half goes on top of the lasagna}

-1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided in half {half goes on top of the lasagna}

-1 egg, beaten

-1 tsp dried parsley

-salt & pepper

How to make crockpot lasagnaSauce mixture

-1 15-oz container Alfredo sauce

-1 cup chicken broth

-1/2 tsp dried sage

-1 tsp Italian Seasoning

-2 tsp onion powder

-2 cups diced, cooked chicken

How to make slow cooker chicken alfredo lasagnaHow to Make Crockpot Chicken Vegetable Alfredo

Slice your vegetables and dice the chicken.

Combine the ingredients for both the sauce mixture and the cheese mixture in separate bowls t=so that they’re ready to go.

To layer your lasagna, the noodles will be divided into 3 portions. You can set them into 3 groups now to make it easier when putting it all together.

The sauce mixture will also be divided into thirds.

The cheese mixture will just be divided in half, as will your vegetables. It’s okay to overlap the noodles- just try and cover as much as the crockpot as you can. I usually lay out a few, and then brake the others into pieces to fill in the gaps.

Arrange everything close to your crockpot so it’s easy to grab and use.

How to make slow cooker chicken alfredo lasagnaHere is how I layered my lasagna:

First place ⅓ of the sauce on bottom and top that with ⅓ of the noodles. Add ½ of the cheese mixture and top it with ½ of the vegetables. Add ⅓ of the noodles and follow it with ⅓ of the sauce. Add in the remaining 1/2 of the vegetables and ½ of the cheese mixture followed by the last ⅓ of the noodles and sauce mixture.

Once you have everything layered in your crockpot, turn the heat onto low, put the lid on and cook it for 3 hours.

Once 3 hours have passed, take a fork and make sure the top layer of noodles are all submerged in the dish and they aren’t drying out. {Push it down a little if you need to.} Add the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses to the top of the lasagna. Replace lid and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.

Turn the crockpot off and then let it sit for about 20 minutes or so before serving. {This allows the lasagna to soak up more liquid and helps the pieces hold together better.} Cut and serve.

How to make slow cooker chicken alfredo lasagna

How to make slow cooker chicken alfredo lasagna

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Lasagna packed with vegetables, tender chicken and 3 kinds of cheese! Easy crockpot lasagna recipe perfect for busy weeknights! 

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Course: Main Course, Main Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Servings: 10

Calories: 394kcal

Author: Butter With A Side of Bread

Ingredients

Noodles & Vegetables

  • 9 oz No Boil Lasagna Noodles box
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini sliced thin
  • 1 yellow squash sliced thin
  • 1 tomato seeded & diced

Cheese Mixture

  • 16- oz ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella divided in half {half goes on top of the lasagna}
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese divided in half {half goes on top of the lasagna}
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt & pepper

Sauce Mixture

  • 15- oz Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced

Instructions

  • Slice vegetables and dice chicken. Combine ingredients for both the sauce mixture and cheese mixture.

  • To layer your lasagna, the noodles will be divided into 3 layers. You can set them into 3 groups now to make it easier when putting it all together. The sauce mixture will also be divided into thirds. The cheese mixture will just be divided in half, as will your vegetables. It’s okay to overlap the noodles- just try and cover as much as the crockpot as you can. I usually lay out a few, then broke others into pieces to fill in the gaps.

  • First, place ⅓ of the sauce on bottom. Layer with ⅓ of the noodles. Add ½ of the cheese mixture and top it with ½ of the vegetables. Add another ⅓ of the noodles and follow it with ⅓ of the sauce. Add in the remaining 1/2 of the vegetables and ½ of the cheese mixture followed by the last ⅓ of the noodles and sauce mixture. 

  • Once you have everything layered in your crockpot, turn the heat onto low, put the lid on and cook it for 3 hours.

  • Once 3 hours have passed, take a fork and make sure the top layer of noodles are all submerged in the dish and they aren’t drying out. {Push it down a little if you need to.} Add the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses to the top of the lasagna. Replace lid and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.

  • Turn crockpot off and let sit for about 20 minutes or so before serving. {This allows the lasagna to soak up more liquid and helps the pieces hold together better.}

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 2mg

How to make slow cooker chicken alfredo lasagna

What Jarred Alfredo Sauce is Best?

I prefer store-bought  Alfredo Sauce that’s kept in the refrigerated section, as opposed to the jarred variety. It tastes more homemade and fresh to me.

How Long Are The Leftovers Good For?

After the meal is completely cooled down, you can store it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can reheat it in the oven at a low temp or in the microwave until it’s been heated through.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Lasagna recipeOther awesome slow cooked meals to try soon!

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Lasagna packed with vegetables, tender chicken and 3 kinds of cheese! Easy crockpot lasagna recipe perfect for busy weeknights! 

You’re going to love this cheesy and creamy chicken alfredo lasagna with vegetables. It’s a perfect summer time dinner, but it’s actually really good the other times of the year too!

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