Italian Sausage Cheddar Strata

  • Yield: 10 servings

"'I nicknamed this casserole 'lazy lasagna' because it uses leftover bread instead of cooked noodles. This saves time, and I have one less pot to wash. I can heat the sauce in a microwave-safe serving dish-another time and clean-up saver. And best of all, everyone raves about it!"


10slices day-old bread
1pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1medium onion, diced
1cup sliced mushrooms
1cup red pepper, diced
8ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
8ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
8 eggs
3cups whole milk
1tablespoon Italian seasoning
2teaspoons finely minced garlic
1/2teaspoon salt
2cups prepared spaghetti sauce, warmed


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch pan.
  2. Trim crusts from bread and cube.
  3. Crumble sausage into a large skillet; saute with onion, mushrooms and pepper. Place half the bread cubes in prepared pan, top with half the sausage mixture and half the cheese; repeat layers. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic and salt; pour over the filled casserole. Let stand 15 minutes so bread can soak up egg mixture. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes, cut into squares and serve drizzled with warm spaghetti sauce.

Recipe by Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho