Cheesy Polenta Sausage Breakfast Bowl

This cheesy polenta sausage breakfast bowl is packed with flavor. It starts with cheesy polenta topped with spinach, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, chicken sausage and topped with a crispy fried egg. Never skip breakfast again!

This cheesy polenta sausage breakfast bowl is packed with flavor. It starts with cheesy polenta topped with spinach, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, chicken sausage and topped with a crispy fried egg. Never skip breakfast again!

Have I ever talked to you about my husbands obsession with breakfast sausage? Every weekend he is in the kitchen cooking up eggs, sausage and sometimes hash browns. If we go out to breakfast he will always order an extra side of sausage. So that’s why when I told him I teamed up with al fresco to bring you a creamy and delicious cheesy polenta sausage breakfast bowl he grinned from ear to ear. He is all about sausage and of course all about breakfast.

I used country style sausage in my recipe but really any of the al fresco sausage blends would work. Plus it’s always a good idea to get some greens into your breakfast. Vegetables are delicious anytime of the day! Am I right?

This cheesy polenta sausage breakfast bowl is packed with flavor. It starts with cheesy polenta topped with spinach, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, chicken sausage and topped with a crispy fried egg. Never skip breakfast again!

For this recipe I went ahead and sliced up the sausage so that when I cooked it up it got nice and crispy on all the sides BUT it’s equally as good if you leave the sausages whole too. It’s really up to you. I’m not here to tell you what to do with your breakfast life choices. But if I were in charge of your life choices I would tell you to slice it because who doesn’t love super crispy sausage?

Want to know something else pretty awesome? Right now you save $2 by buying 2 packages of delicious al fresco sausage. But don’t wait too long to buy it all up because the on package coupon only lasts until they run out!

Hooray for breakfast and hooray for breakfast coupons!

This cheesy polenta sausage breakfast bowl is packed with flavor. It starts with cheesy polenta topped with spinach, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, chicken sausage and topped with a crispy fried egg. Never skip breakfast again!

Oh and can we talk about that crispy fried egg? I swear I would put a fried egg on everything if it were allowed.

{Looking for more savory breakfast recipes? Try my huevos motuleños, cheddar sausage cornmeal waffles or my breakfast stuffed mushrooms.}

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Cheesy Polenta Sausage Breakfast Bowl

This cheesy polenta sausage breakfast bowl is packed with flavor. It starts with cheesy polenta topped with spinach, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, chicken sausage and topped with a crispy fried egg. Never skip breakfast again!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

 For breakfast bowl: 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 1 pack Al Fresco country style breakfast sausage, sliced 
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 (6 ounce) bag of baby spinach 
  • 1/3 cup sliced sun dried tomatoes 
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 4 large eggs
  • Cheesy polenta

For polenta: 

  • 2 cups whole milk 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 cup course grain polenta 
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter 
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

For breakfast bowl:

In a large skillet set over medium high heat add olive oil. When the oil is hot add in breakfast sausage and saute until browned and slightly crispy.

Add in mushrooms and cook until they just start to soften. Add in garlic, spinach and sun dried tomatoes. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Add the cheesy polenta to 4 bowls and top with equal amounts of the sausage/spinach mixture.

Wipe out the skillet you cooked the spinach in and add remaining tablespoon olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in the eggs, fry until crispy around the edges and the white is set. Place one egg on the top of each polenta bowl and enjoy.

For cheesy polenta:
In a large high sided skillet add water and milk. Bring to a boil and slowly whisk in polenta. Once all the polenta has been added turn the heat down to low and slowly whisk until thick. On my stove this takes about 7 minutes.

Once creamy and cooked remove from heat and stir in butter, cheese and salt.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by al fresco. As always all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

38 Responses to “Cheesy Polenta Sausage Breakfast Bowl”

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — November 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Yes! let’s talk about that crispy egg. I love my egg just like that too. And I would do the slicing and crisping of the sausage too! Yum.

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    Ramona W — November 13, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I have tried these sausages and they are great. I love this hearty breakfast bowl… just my kind of savory breakfast. 🙂 Yummed and Stumbled you. 🙂

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — November 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. Crispy eggs, sausage and polenta? This is the breakfast of my dreams! I LOVE Al Fresco, so this is PERFECT. Pinned!

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    Marye — November 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

    This is making me hungry, it looks like the perfect breakfast!

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    Cheryl Christian — November 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

    That looks amazing. Got to ask. Never had polenta and is it the same as grits?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 14th, 2015 @ 7:17 pm

      Hi Cheryl! Yes, very similar! Polenta is a bit finer of a grind so it’s smoother but taste is almost the same. You could very easily substitute grits 🙂

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    Jennie @onesweetmess — November 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Girl, you’re speaking my language! I love everything about this gorgeous dish.

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    lindsay — November 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

    i buy that sausage all the time! oh this is so perfect! PINNING

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    Barrett @dirtylaundrykitchen.com — November 13, 2015 at 9:23 am

    This flavor and texture combo looks awesome. Yay for the weekend!

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    Sarah | Broma Bakery — November 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Gorg gorg gorg! Cheesy polenta is my absolute fave, and with such a beautiful presentation (and some delish sausage) I’m ready to dive in!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — November 13, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This is totally my kind of breakfast! Cheese, meat, eggs, I’m all over this!

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    Tonia from TheGunnySack — November 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Oh wow! That looks like the perfect way to start the day!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The whole dish but that egg…swoon!

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    Melissa Falk — November 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    This is a stunning dish. I am always drawn to polenta dishes. It looks amazing!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — November 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I saw your post on this on FB the other day and I was hungry. Now I am all over again!

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker — November 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Ohhhh myyyyy… drooling! All my faves in one bowl. I love that you added spinach – I find that cuts some richness of cheese and sausage sometimes. This sounds so awesome!

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    Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert — November 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve never had polenta for breakfast but it looks delicious when paired with sausage! I think my husband would love this!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — November 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    My kinda breakfast! I love polenta and these are some awesome flavor combinations!

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    The Food Hunter — November 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I love polenta and that egg looks like the perfect match for it.

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — November 13, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Oh my god. This breakfast looks perfect. I need it in my life ASAP.

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — November 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    This is seriously my DREAM breakfast. This is happening ASAP!

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    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — November 14, 2015 at 7:24 am

    This is perfect. I could eat this every morning for the rest of my life and be perfectly OK with that!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

    This is the kind of breakfast my family would go crazy for!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — November 14, 2015 at 8:52 am

    You always speak straight to my tummy!

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    Carolyn — November 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Boy I wish I could eat polenta. It always look so good and eating it with breakfast sausage would be divine.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — November 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I love polenta and this would be such a great brunch dish!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — November 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I’ve seen this sausage before and wondered if it was good. This photo and recipe has me sold – I’m picking up a pack next time I’m at the market. And yay for coupons. 😉

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    Joanie@ZagLeft — November 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is my pefect breakfast. A big yes to it all!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I like polenta topped with anything – and this holy mix, looks divine!

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    Sabrina Modelle — November 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I love polenta for breakfast and that runny egg and sausage has me all in a tizzy. I certainly wish my husband would get into the kitchen and cook up some eggs and sausage…. well maybe not. I’ve had his cooking 😉

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — November 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Oh. Mah. Gaaaarsh. When it comes to breakfast, I’ll take savoury over sweet any day of the week, especially if it’s topped off with a crispy sunny-side up egg… So obviously, I am totally dying over this polenta.
    It’s a good thing no one’s figured out how to 3D print food from the internet yet, or else I’d be eating a big bowl of this right now.

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — November 15, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Brandy, this dish is perfection in a bowl!! I’ve never had polenta for breakfast before, but oh man, I so want some right now!

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    Nikki @ Nik Snacks — November 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I love a good crispy fried egg! It beats runny ANY DAY! And who said that you can’t put it on everything? They ARE WRONG! Ha!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — November 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This is a breakfast I could totally get into!

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    Susan — November 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Who are these crazy people that skip breakfast? I want to find them and eat their portion because this looks insanely good!

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — November 16, 2015 at 7:33 am

    This looks incredible! I love crispy eggs too! And load them up with sausage and polenta? Perfection. I just love your recipes!

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    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — November 16, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Love those sausages and that polenta looks amazing. And I am with you on the crispy fried egg — I would eat one with everything I make … if that wouldn’t be weird.

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — November 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    This is pretty much speaking my love language! I love Al Fresco too. We eat their chicken sausages all the time. But pairing them with polenta and a fried egg is genius my friend.

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