Whole Wheat, Fennel, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Stuffing

This warm and hearty stuffing pairs whole wheat bread with fennel, sun-dried tomato and basil for a “molto delizioso” holiday side.

Servings: 12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, choppped (1/2-inch dice)
  • 3 ribs celery , chopped (1/2-inch dice)
  • 2 carrots, chopped (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored and chopped (1/2-inch)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound day-old whole wheat Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cups low sodium, chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 11x17-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the onion, celery, carrots, fennel and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 20-22 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook 3 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and add the bread, broth, eggs, salt and pepper; mix well.
  3. Transfer the stuffing mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake until the stuffing is cooked though and browned on top, 45-50 minutes.