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Italian sausage and mozzarella strata

Total Time
3 hr 33 min
15 min
3 hr 8 min
A strata is really just a savory bread pudding. This one is made by layering sweet Italian sausage, eggs, shredded mozzarella, and peppers with whole wheat bread.


Cooking spray

3 spray(s)

Uncooked sweet Italian turkey sausage

8 oz, casings removed

Raw cubanelle pepper

2 medium, (Italian frying peppers), diced

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

Fresh oregano

1½ tsp

Reduced-calorie whole wheat bread

5 slice(s), day old, cubed (5 cups)

Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 cup(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese


1% low-fat milk

2½ cup(s), (1 %)


6 large egg(s)

Kosher salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp


  1. Spray large skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add sausages, frying peppers, and onion and cook, breaking up sausages with wooden spoon until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Stir in dried oregano.
  2. Line 5- or 6-quart slow cooker insert with plastic slow cooker liner. Spray liner with nonstick spray.
  3. Layer half of bread cubes, half of sausage mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and 3 tablespoons Parmesan in prepared slow cooker. Repeat layering with remaining bread, sausage mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
  4. Whisk together milk, eggs, salt, and black pepper in large bowl; pour over bread-sausage mixture. Cover and cook until knife inserted into center of strata comes out clean, 3–4 hours on Low.
  5. Wearing oven mitts, lift out slow cooker insert and transfer to wire rack; let strata cool about 10 minutes. Using liner as handles, lift out strata and place on cutting board. Cut into 6 wedges. Sprinkle with fresh oregano, if using.
  6. Per serving: 1 wedge