Take-out Tuesday, Sausage, Spinach & Peppers Smoked Gouda Pie

I ended up spending a few extra days at the beach recently, that were unplanned, 🙂 and when I headed home mid week, I knew I would have to think about dinner that night.   Looking in the beach refrigerator I saw a lot of food that would have to be packed up and toted home




I could make a casserole, freeze it overnight,  and it could thaw on the way home and be popped in the oven when I arrived.

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A pie is born!


I took inspiration from my September Paint Bucket, my list of recipes to make or try, and saw the Strata with Spicy Sausage, Gruyere, Spinach and Shallots  from Simply Suzanne’s


I didn’t have bread for the strata but I did have a pie crust, so I got that baking


One side slumped a little but, that won’t matter in the end.  I like to spread a good mustard on the bottom crust of my savory pies for a little extra flavor layer

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I had lots of fresh vegetables, onions, peppers and spinach, to go along with the sausage ~ just throw the spinach on top of the cooked veggies and cover to wilt


Add drained and cooked sausage back into the mix and stir to combine


Place sausage mixture into the prepared pie crust and add the grated cheese.  I used smoked Gouda, it has a great and different flavor


Whisk eggs with milk or cream and season well with salt and pepper


Carefully pour over all, letting it seep in everywhere

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Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until set in the middle and golden.  Let sit 5-10 minutes before slicing, or cool and then wrap and freeze.  Bake frozen pie at 350 for 30-45 minutes until thoroughly heated

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Dinner’s ready!

This pie came together in less than 20 minutes while my AC guy was installing a new thermostat and showing me how to use the App for it on my phone…you know, I was stirring and sauteing and saying uh huh…

He kept asking me when I was serving lunch…

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The AC got zapped by lightning the night before and I woke up to a very COLD house! It was stuck on!  The Nest thermostat* got fried, and he put in a Honeywell which works much better.  I am a little spoiled being able to control the temperature with a tap on my iPhone…

Technology! Remember the good old days?  Simpler times?     You know, when you had to get up to change the channel or answer the phone?      🙂

Sausage, Spinach & Peppers Smoked Gouda Pie

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 3/4 lb sausage
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 2 colored sweet peppers chopped [I used orange]
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 8 oz smoked Gouda grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2 or 2% milk
  • salt and pepper
  • mustard
  • 1 baked pie crust*


  • Prepare pie crust by spreading the bottom with a thin coat of mustard.
  • Saute sausage until brown and crumbled and drain well.
  • Reserve some of the sausage drippings and saute the onions and peppers with garlic until soft. When vegetables are done, top with spinach and cover pan to wilt spinach. When spinach has wilted, stir into vegetables.
  • Add sausage back to pan and combine.
  • Put half of the sausage mix into pie crust and top with 1/2 of cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Beat eggs with cream and season well with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over filling slowly so it fills all the nooks and crannies. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until middle is set and pie is golden. Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges. Makes 6-8 servings.


*Note: you can lighten this up by eliminating the pie crust and adding an extra egg
Keyword dinner pie, sausage and smoked Gouda quiche, sausage and vegetable pie, Sausage Quiche, sausage, spinach and peppers quiche

This really was a take-out Tuesday!  This pie served double duty as it kept other groceries cool as I drove  4 hours north from the beach, and it was heaven to slide this in the oven for a satisfying dinner after a long day~

Oh, and you don’t even have to use a pie crust if you want to lighten this up, just add 1 more egg and place everything in a greased baking dish for a delightful meal full of protein and vegetables~

Be sure to stop over at Simply Suzanne’s here to see her inspiring recipe

*FYI: we used the Nest thermostat for a year, and it tries to learn your patterns, which can be handy, but we don’t have any patterns, so it would just randomly make decisions for us, and set the temperature for us…like in the middle of a summer night it would switch to 85…

so far the Honeywell is much more well behaved 🙂


I will be sharing this with the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and:

Pure Grace Farms

Crafty Hope

9 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Sausage, Spinach & Peppers Smoked Gouda Pie”
  1. Kathleen says:

    Looks good! I like to do that too when I have bits and bobs of leftovers, everything but the kitchen sink! We made the beach our permanent home 13 years ago, so no more packing up for me. We were only an hour away though. We live on an island so you are never more than 20 min from the water no matter where you live. Hope your long drive home was a safe one.

    • Aren’t you sweet Kathleen! We “commute” all the time, no big deal…plus I usually don’t really pack clothes, just food so I don’t have to grocery shop when I arrive~ it is a luxury to have a second home where everything is how you like it when you arrive and I keep the freezer stocked~ I love how you described it, bits and bobs of leftovers, perfect!

  2. Mary says:

    Sounds like a comfort food dinner Jenna and so convenient defrosting it while you’re commuting! Those thermostats sound too smart for me 🙂

  3. Ooooo… I love smoked gouda. I am pinning this recipe to try!

  4. This looks delicious! Thank you for linking up with us at Tickle My Tastebuds last week. I am featuring your recipe this week and would love if you’d stop by and share more delicious recipes!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  5. CraftyHope says:

    This looks like the perfect solution for using up those ingredients. I’m sure it was a great dinner after a beach weekend. I appreciate you sharing it on my link up!

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