Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast & A Giveaway

Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast takes a delicious twist on classic French toast and is stuffed with ricotta, spinach and slathered with marinara sauce for an amazing breakfast for dinner meal!

Italian-Style Stuffed French ToastFor the first time (finally) I am joining in on Pass the Cook Book Club’s monthly cookbook pick. Pass the Cook Book Club is an amazing cook book club that I’ve had the privilege of being a part of for two months now whose motto is “Dust off those unused cookbooks as once a month we post and share recipes from a randomly selected book.


Every month, members create recipes from a selection from the cookbook of the month, and always produce delectable looking pictures of the already amazing recipes. This month’s cookbook is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil, chosen by our lovely host, Erin from The Spiffy Cookie. I decided to make their Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast.


To say this stuffed french toast was divine would be an understatement. I know I was everything is packed with flavour, but really, cooked down spinach, ricotta and parmesan cheese,  lemon zest and fresh herbs for the filling alone?! My mouth was watering from just making it and was totally satisfied with just one bite. I took a piece before shooting and ending up devouring that entire piece. I love that garlic powder is added into the coating for the bread and the flavour is subtle but lends greatly to the savoury twist of this french toast. I have to say, Lindsay and Taylor hit the jackpot on this recipe AND the entire cookbook.

Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast

This is a recipe that not only would I make again, but will be in my regular dinner rotation for quite a while. I think the marinara sauce on top was an ingenious addition since it compliments the ricotta perfectly. Since I’m already such a huge breakfast for dinner fan, this is definitely a winner in my book.

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Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast
To celebrate this amazing cookbook, we of Pass the Cook Book are giving away a copy of Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil! Just follow along with the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win! There will be three winners.

While you’re entering, I’ll go back to finishing up this french toast. It’s literally calling my name. Trust me, you’re going to need this cookbook.
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Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast
Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast takes a delicious twist on classic French toast and is stuffed with ricotta, spinach and slathered with marinara sauce for an amazing breakfast for dinner meal!
Serves: 8 slices

For the filling:
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (6 oz.) loosely packed fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
For the French toast:
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into eight 1-1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil divided
For the topping:
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, warmed

  1. For the filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes. Let cool then coarsely chop.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chopped spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, lemon zest, basil, and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Using a small serrated knife, cut a horizontal pocket in the side of each slice of bread. Gently fill with 1-2 tablespoons on filling and press closed.
  3. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and garlic powder.
  4. In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat add one tablespoon of oil. Working with one slice at a time, dip into egg mixture, flipping to coat both sides. Place in pan with the hot oil. Repeat with 2-3 more slices without overloading the pan. Cook for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Transfer to plates, spoon warm marinara over top, and serve.

Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast

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    • Jessica says

      Aw thanks Bintu! No, sorry, the giveaway is only open to US and Canada. Thanks, I’m going to put that in!

  1. says

    I love breakfast for dinner…or any meal! It’s hard to pick a favorite…but I’d say just a “diner special” – bacon/ham eggs with some sauteed potatoes. My son wouldn’t mind a side of fluffy pancakes. : )

  2. Bonni says

    Love the Italian style. French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts, especially stuffed (usually with fruit). Must give this a try for dinner.

  3. says

    Breakfast for dinner is my favorite! I love the sound of this ricotta-spinach stuffed french toast – it looks amazing especially topped with the marinara sauce – yum!

  4. Laura P. says

    Love to make Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or a warm blueberry sauce with marscapone whipped cream!

  5. says

    Your french toast is very mouth watering, I want to dive in, I had never heard of a savory french toast but now I wish I would have made it. Great photos!

  6. karen says

    I love omelettes for dinner! I am never very hungry in the morning, so I love breakfast for dinner, when I can really enjoy it

  7. shelleyb says

    I love mixing things up and serving breakfast for dinner. I’d love to try, Ricotta & Spinach Grilled Cheese. Thanks for sharing.

  8. says

    I love to make frittatas for dinner, I make them at least once a week. This Italian Style French Toast looks amazing! What a genius idea to basically use garlic bread to replace the noodles, I love it!


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