This hearty casserole is great for brunch or a main meal. Serve with a fruit or green salad for a simple yet delicious meal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease a 9 x 13 (3 L) baking dish.

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  • In large non-stick skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Add onion and red pepper to the drippings in same skillet and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from heat.

  • Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat eggs well with seasonings. Stir in milk.

  • Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each onion mixture, pancetta and shredded cheese. Top evenly with spoonfuls of ricotta cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion mixture and pancetta. Pour egg mixture evenly over top; press bread cubes down lightly. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.

  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • When ready to serve, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into square to serve.

Variation:

Substitute regular bacon or ham for the pancetta and use whole wheat bread in place of Italian bread. Feel free to use one type of cheese instead of a blend.

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; protein 25.9g; carbohydrates 26.8g; fat 21.9g; cholesterol 234mg; sodium 948.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2017
I added 3 eggs a 1/2 cup of milk and used a mixture of challah and brioche instead of the Italian bread. Was a hit at a Thanksgiving brunch Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2017
I added 3 eggs a 1/2 cup of milk and used a mixture of challah and brioche instead of the Italian bread. Was a hit at a Thanksgiving brunch Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2019
I made this with sweet Italian sausage and it was a huge hit!! I used sausage as pancetta would have been too expensive as I made it for 100 people. It was amazing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2019
It's easy to substitute anything in this. The time required to make it should also list 'overnight' as part of it. Read More
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