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Italian Pumpkin Strata
Level
Intermediate
Prep
20 minutes
Cook
40 minutes
Servings
12 servings
  • Italian Pumpkin Strata is a dense, creamy vegetable-filled strata, or layered casserole that employs bread, cheese, milk, pumpkin and eggs to create a moist and delicious casserole you can cut into squares or wedges.
KEY INGREDIENTS
Carnation
Evaporated Milk
NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk 12 oz
NET 12 fl oz (354 mL)
Libby's
100% PURE PUMPKIN
LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin 15 oz
NET WT 15 oz (425 g)
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 cans (12 fluid ounces each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (15 ounces) 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
MAKE IT
Step 1
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Step 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.
Step 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. Pour into prepared baking pan.
Step 4
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Serve warm.
VARIATIONS
Substitute 1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels for Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.
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