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Italian Pumpkin Strata

Italian Pumpkin StrataWholesome and creamy, this vegetable-filled strata employs bread, cheese, milk, pumpkin and eggs to create a moist and delicious casserole. Serve with a platter of fresh fruit for a smashing brunch!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
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
1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried marjoram

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
  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. Beat evaporated milk, pumpkin, eggs, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and marjoram in medium bowl. Pour over bread mixture, stirring gently to moisten bread milk mixture. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Serve warm. Season with salt and ground black pepper.

Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): 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 photograph are the property of Nestlé® and Meals.com, used with permission.