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Easy Italian Breakfast Casserole Recipe

We all enjoy having new and improved recipes for every meal. This wonderful and Easy Italian Breakfast Casserole Recipe is an amazing addition to your morning breakfast. This is a perfect dish to share with your friends and family and they will be for sure coming back for seconds.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Chill time8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: breakfast casserole recipe
Servings: 6
Author: Jill

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces pancetta
  • 5 cups italian bread cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook the pancetta in a small pan over medium-high heat until crispy, set aside.
  • In a 9x9-inch baking dish or smaller casserole dish, layer half of the cubed bread, basil, sundried tomatoes, cooked pancetta, and parmesan to cover the bottom of the pan. Then repeat the layer.
  • In a mixing bowl or large measuring cup, beat together the eggs, milk, garlic pasta, italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Pour over the top of the bread layers.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Bake covered with aluminum foil at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Remove and garnish with fresh parsley, let sit for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Recipe Notes:
  • Bacon or crumbled italian sausage can be used instead of pancetta, just make sure to cook it before adding it to the casserole.
  • If you like your breakfast casseroles cheesy, go ahead and add a ½ cup of mozzarella to the mix.
  • If you do not have garlic paste, you can use minced garlic but I would cook it during the last minute of cooking the pancetta. You can also use a ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • French bread can be used if you can’t find Italian bread. Traditional sandwich bread is too soft and won’t soak up the egg mixture like it’s supposed to.