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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole

Family Dining (2 Adults and 2 Children)

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole

Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole - Easy preparation: The oven does most of the work!

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568
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20 min.
Preparation
40 min.
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Ingredients

for 4 servings
1
6
Carrots (about 600 grams)
1
Fennel bulb (about 250 grams)
1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons
14 ounces
day-old Brown bread
7 ounces
mild Cheese (such as butter cheese, 45% Fat)
½ cup
1 teaspoon
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Kitchen utensils

1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Peeler, 1 Large knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Pot (with lid), 1 Measuring cups, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Casserole dish (33 x 22 x 6 cm) (approximately 13 x 9x 2 inches), 1 Teaspoon, 1 wide Pot, 1 Brush, 1 Serrated knife

Preparation steps

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 1

Peel the onion and dice finely. Peel the carrots and also dice. 

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 2

Clean the fennel, quarter and cut into small dice.

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 3

Heat the oil in a pot and cook the onion over medium heat until translucent. Add the carrots and fennel and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 4

Stir in the tomato paste and cook briefly. Pour in 200 ml (approximately 3/4 cup) of water and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes.

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 5

Meanwhile, cut the bread into 1 cm (approximately 1/2-inch) thick slices and remove the crusts.

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 6

Cut the cheese into thin slices.

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 7

Heat the milk in a large pot until lukewarm. Remove from heat and dip the bread slices into the milk to coat completely.  Brush a baking dish with the butter.

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Hearty Vegetable-Bread Casserole preparation step 8

Fill the dish with alternating layers of bread, vegetables and cheese, ending with cheese. Bake on middle rack of preheated oven at 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 2-3) (approximately 350°F/convection 325°F) until bubbling and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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