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Eggplant Sausage Casserole Recipe

Eggplant Sausage Casserole Recipe

If you want your kids to happily eat their eggplant, serve it in this lovely layered casserole. Our whole family enjoys it. Always a popular potluck item, it's a great company dish, as well.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 2 pounds Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Set sausage aside.
  • 2. In the same skillet, saute eggplant and onion in oil. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, basil and paprika; simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Drain pasta; stir into eggplant mixture. Add sausage.
  • 3. Spread half of the sausage mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread with ricotta cheese. Top with half of the cheese and remaining sausage mixture.
  • 4. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 606 calories, 36 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 1,066 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.