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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sausage and Kale Quiche

Simple but flavorful, the sausage and kale quiche is a perfect breakfast, brunch or easy dinner.

plate with slice of quiche and helping of kale salad

    This quiche has it all.  The nutrition of kale, the savory goodness of sausage, plenty of cheese and eggs in a flaky crust. It is a fabulous hearty brunch option, or makes a great lunch or dinner option with a salad.  You can make it ahead and serve it warm or at room temperature.  In fact, you might as well make two while you are at it. One for now and one to freeze for later! I'll tell you exactly how to do it below!

    I have been getting weekly bunches of kale delivered in my CSA boxes.  We have been enjoying it in salads like the lemon and chickpea kale salad, we've had it in fruity bleu cheese salads, in soups and more.

    We have been loving it all, but I want to keep it fresh so we aren't eating the same kinds of dishes over and over.  That helps keep the complaints from the peanut gallery at a minimum.

   That is when I remembered this quiche recipe.  It has been a few years since I made it and I thought it would be fun to revisit it.

    Plus it was a great way to to not burn my husband out on salads!  I am so glad we revisited it.

skillet with browned sausage and wilted kale

   My husband isn't usually a big fan of breakfast food for dinner.  He will tolerate it, but isn't ever going to request it.

   He ate a couple of slices dutifully, but I expected to have the leftovers to myself. I was wrong.

   He ate the rest of it himself! I'd say that was an endorsement.

pie crust with sausage, kale and cheese in it

Now to the original post from 2015:

   I have been in the mood for Zopa lately.  There is just something about the sausage and kale that just good so good together.

    But, when I make soup... I make a big pot.  Sometimes it is hard to stop!

    I pull out a big pot and start with my intended ingredients.  Then I add a little something else.

    Maybe a bit of this and some of that.  Next thing I know the pot is full.  If there is room, I keep adding!

cheese topped quiche fresh from oven

   So, I decided to take the flavors I love and make a quiche.  There is less room for it to grow! I used hot Italian sausage, but you could use sweet.

   Or feel free to use breakfast sausage, that would be good too!  Matt went back for thirds, so that is a good sign.

   It really hit the spot!  It made an excellent dinner, but would be a really nice option for a brunch as well.

Serving your Quiche

    Quiche are normally served warm or at room temperature.  So you can make it a bit ahead of time and let it sit for a while.

    After the quiche comes out of the oven, it can sit at room temperature for about 2 hours.  Any longer than that and it should be covered and refrigerated.

    Once it is in the refrigerator it will last for 3-4 days.  Any longer than that and it should be frozen either whole or by the slice according to the instructions below.&

slice of quiche on plate with remaining pie nearby

Freezing a Quiche for Later

     Making two quiche really isn't much more work than making one.  So go ahead and whip up a second while you are at it.

     Besides that way you can just fry up a whole pound of sausage and use the whole bunch of kale while you are at it.  It's really better all the way around.  

 To freeze a whole quiche, either tightly wrap the cooled quiche in plastic wrap or put it in a large freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.    

To reheat a frozen quiche, remove the bag or plastic wrap and cover the quiche with foil.  Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes, then let rest for 15 minutes before removing the foil.  

  You can also freeze individual slices of quiche. Just wrap them individually in plastic wrap or put in freezer containers. When ready to eat, wrap each slice in foil and bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, place the slice on a plate and microwave for a couple of minutes.   

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Sausage and Kale Quiche up a lovely savory quiche with all of your extra kale! The sausage and kale go so well together and of course there is a healthy smattering of cheese. It is perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dinner!
Yield: 8 Servings
Sausage and Kale Quiche

Sausage and Kale Quiche

Simple but flavorful, the sausage and kale quiche is a perfect breakfast, brunch or easy dinner.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 55 MTotal time: 70 M


  • 1 pie crust
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 lb sausage (hot or sweet, both work great)
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan


  1. Brown the sausage, drain if there is excessive grease.
  2. Add diced onion and sliced mushrooms (if using) and allow to brown.
  3. Add kale and cook until it begins to wilt and soften.
  4. Turn off heat. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  5. Get crust ready in a deep dish pie plate.
  6. Stir mozzarella into kale mixture and spread over crust. Pour egg mixture over the kale.
  7. Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes. Top with Parmesan and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes. The quiche should be set except for the very center which should still have a slight jiggle.
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Whipping up a sausage and kale quiche is easy to do, plus it tastes amazing. In fact, make 2 and save 1 for later. I'll tell you how!


  1. Your Sausage, Kale and Mushroom quiche sounds like a melt in your mouth weekend dish. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Thanks for hosting! It was so good, it is tempting to make another one already!

  2. I love the spicy Italian sausage too! Your quiche sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe on the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up. Have a great weekend and we hope to see you back again next week! Bridget/TheRecipeWench

    1. Isn't it so good?! Thanks for hosting, see you Monday!

  3. I love the combination of sausage and kale, this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? :)

  4. I love a good quiche. I've never had kale before, but it looks good!

    Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday Link Party!

    1. It is really good. It would be good with spinach too. Kale is a stronger flavored green, but you can blanch first to take it down a notch if you'd like.

  5. Quiche is a summer favourite of mine, this version looks really good. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! [email protected] in Pyjamas

    1. Thank you! It's a favorite of mine too!

  6. I was just thinking recently that I need to make quiche again soon, they're great for lunchtime (and we often pack for picnics). Looks great.

    1. I agree! More quiche is always a good thing!

  7. What a great idea. someone just gave me a ton of veggies. Quiche would be perfect.

  8. Going to have share this recipe with my brother - his garden is overflowing with kale right now!

  9. Another winner! Looks so delish. I'd love to be around the breakfast table for this

  10. I've wanted something different lately and I think this is exactly what I need to make!

  11. I love the "silent" endorsement from your husband. I've gotten those on occasion too. The quiche looks delicious.

  12. I'll have to sub spinach for the kale but I see this on an easy weeknight dinner soon. I LOVE quiche!!

  13. Quiche is one of my faves...I can't wait to try it with kale!!!

  14. I love this idea for a quiche! A quick and easy dinner.

  15. I love quiche. The sausage is a nice addition. It sounds like it was a hit with your hubby. We actually like breakfast recipes any time of day so this is a great recipe for us.

  16. This quiche looks so delicious! Love that you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!

    1. Me too, versatile and delicious is always good. Thank you!

  17. ummm... Quiche! one of the only ways I am willing to eat eggs!! yum!
    Thanks for sharing on our Pork Recipes Link party for Celebrate 365

    1. You don't like eggs?! Oh my! This quiche is definitely a good way to have them either way.

  18. I’m always up for a good quiche, especially if it has sausage in it! I bet this one is so flavorful. Have a great fresh new week my friend!

  19. I love any kind of quiche Carlee. The kale quiche sounds good with a salad on the side. I will have to make one sometime soon.
    Thanks for the blog visit today. You should try and make the buffalo cauliflower using a small head of cauliflower. Even my 20 year old loves them!
    Have a nice week.

    1. Thank you, Julie! I am so excited to try the buffalo cauliflower.

  20. Lol... My husband is the same. No appreciation on breakfast for dinner. On rare occasion it's ok just to humor me. I'll have to see if I can get his stamp of approval on this one also!

    1. Those silly husbands of ours, they just don't know what they are missing!


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