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Hash Brown Pancetta Casserole Recipe

Hash Brown Pancetta Casserole Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese, divided
  • 1 cup 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


  • 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 13x9-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 in 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 291 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 253mg cholesterol, 557mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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julezh User ID: 1157992 115160
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

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

MamaNalo User ID: 7730338 148877
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014


Carollizc User ID: 2124672 148876
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."

Willy111 User ID: 4134203 122035
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."

djv31613 User ID: 7162377 176283
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

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

czchrome09 User ID: 7162364 192270
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"Looks delicious. Will be trying this for our Easter brunch."

blue_cougar54494 User ID: 3715514 212102
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"I ran the recipe thru a recipe calculator found at:

and this is what I came up with for stats: calorie=281 fat=19.7g carbs=7.7g fiber=1.3 protein= 18.8g"

donnatayhorses User ID: 6312744 123692
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"Tasty recipe to make. I used bacon. I'm not sure if the calorie count could be correct with the specific ingredients but the dish received thumbs up around my table!"

bigmamacooks User ID: 2760788 148875
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"TOH: Are you sure about the calorie count on this? 291 calories for each of 8 servings sounds low for these ingredients."

susanjost User ID: 580959 193532
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"I made this for Bunco night and the ladies LOVED it. I used bacon."

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