Grammy’s Sausage Casserole

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My husband asked me to try to make a dish that he grew up eating at his Grammy’s house. He had a basic idea of what was in it, but most of the ingredients are not exactly homemade – cream of chicken, chicken noodle soup from a packet – and I just didn’t want to make it that way. So I decided to brighten up the flavor as well as make it from whole ingredients. This is my version of Grammy’s Sausage Casserole.

Grammy’s Sausage Casserole

The biggest part of transforming this to a totally homemade dish was to create a creamy sauce to replace the canned ingredients. I went with a rosemary and tarragon creamy chicken sauce to add to this casserole. This sauce came out so rich and creamy and full of flavor – I will definitely be using it on another dish.

Grammy’s Sausage Casserole

There are one of two problem most of us have when cooking rice in a casserole – it’s either crunchy or mushy. The method of cooking the rice that I used in this recipe solves both of those problems by preventing the cause of both problems – clumping. By cooking the rice more like pasta, it cooks in individual grains so that it gets cooked all the way through. Then rinsing the starch from the rice before adding it to the other ingredients helps to further ensure that you don’t end up with mushiness.

Grammy’s Sausage Casserole

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Grammy’s Sausage Casserole

Adding a modern twist to an old farm classic casserole
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casseroles, cheese, rice, Sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Ground Breakfast Sausage
  • ½ White onion diced
  • 3 Carrots diced
  • 3 Celery diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 cup Long Grain Rice
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Taragon
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 375deg
  • Add water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once you have a rolling boil, add the rice. Allow to cook for 12 minutes. Drain rice in a colander and rinse with cool water to remove excess starch.
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add sausage to pan. Crumble and cook until no longer pink. Remove sausage from pan to a 13×9 baking dish, reserving grease. Add carrots, onions, garlic, and celery to pan and saute for 5 minutes then add to sausage.
  • In the large saute pan reduce heat to medium, add butter, salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme. Once butter is melted add flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth and cook for 3 minutes more, then add heavy cream and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add rice to sausage mixture and pour sauce over top. Stir to combine. Sprinkle with cheese and place in oven for 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

12 thoughts on “Grammy’s Sausage Casserole

  1. Hubby would like this recipe! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 27. Pinned!

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Thanks so much! And welcome!

  2. where in the recipe do you add the tarragon? I assume with the thyme and rosemary? confusing and I am sure it doesnt matter but new people will be confused.

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Thanks for pointing that out! All fixed

  3. Made this and it was really good, but I only had 1 lb of sausage and iit was plenty. I precooked everything and added rice and it cooled earlier. Made sauce and mixed it all together so I baked it a little longer because of that. Very flavorful and a perfect combination. It was a hit. Great recipe and would be perfect for a potluck or church dinner. I honestly think you could make it without the sausage as a sidedish with so many things.

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      I was thinking the same about making it without sausage and then making it a side. Glad your family enjoyed it.

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