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Hash Brown Pancetta Casserole Recipe
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Hash Brown Pancetta Casserole Recipe

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Eggs, hash browns, cheese, spinach, pancetta and fabulous flavor—this casserole has everything! You could also substitute provolone or Swiss cheese for the fontina. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ounces sliced pancetta or bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 8 Eggland's Best Eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fontina cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper and additional fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 291 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 253 mg cholesterol, 557 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the spinach, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  2. In another skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain.
  3. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer the hash browns, spinach mixture and pancetta. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, 1/2 cup fontina cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and nutmeg; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. If desired, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and garnish with additional parsley. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hash Brown Pancetta Casserole in Simple & Delicious December/January 2011, p67

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 291 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 253 mg cholesterol, 557 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.

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Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

Just made this casserole for a brunch...my husband loved the fluffy light texture and the delicious combination of flavors!

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

Yum

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

Haven't tried this yet, but will the next time I have a bunch of eggs to use up quickly. Although technically a breakfast/brunch dish, I think this would make a great hearty supper, too, maybe with a green salad alongside. I will be using lower-fat cheeses where I can, too.

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

I agree, I figured with Weight Watchers it equals to 8 points per serving... which is typical for a casserrole serving.

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

Thought I would try something different, I am glad I did!

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