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Italian Pumpkin Strata

Dense and creamy this vegetable-filled strata employs bread, cheese, milk, pumpkin and eggs to create a moist and delicious casserole you can cut into squares or wedges and serve with a platter of fresh fruit for a smashing brunch!

Italian Pumpkin Strata

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 12 cups (about 1 pound loaf) 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Italian or French bread
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, onion, bell peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring to break up sausage, for 7 to 10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
  3. Combine bread cubes, cheese and sausage mixture in a large bowl.
  4. Beat evaporated milk, pumpkin, eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and marjoram in medium bowl. Pour over bread mixture, stirring gently to moisten bread.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set.
  7. Serve warm.

Prep Time: 20 min | Cooking Time: 40 min | Servings: 12

Nutritional Information Calories: 366 Calories from Fat: 163 Total Fat: 18.1 g Saturated Fat: 7.9 g Cholesterol: 119 mg Sodium: 826 mg Carbohydrates: 30.4 g Dietary Fiber: 2.9 g Sugars: 1.1 g Protein: 19.9 g

Recipe and photo credit: Nestlé® and meals.com