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Ratatouille with Sausage Recipe

Ratatouille with Sausage Recipe

"We've enjoyed this hearty and flavorful dish for years," relates Diane Halferty of Tuscon, Arizona. "I concocted it when we lived on a large farm and had lots of fresh veggies and sausage available." In a pinch, prepared spaghetti sauce can be used in place of the fresh tomatoes, she suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled
  • 4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 uncooked Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links links (about 2 pounds)
  • 4 medium green peppers, julienned
  • 4 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil or 8 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cut eggplant into 2-in. x 1/2-in. strips; place in a bowl. Add zucchini and flour; toss to coat.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat; cook eggplant and zucchini in small batches until lightly browned, add oil as needed. Transfer vegetables to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish.
  • 3. In the same skillet, saute onions and garlic until tender; spoon over eggplant mixture. Brown sausage in the skillet; drain. Cover and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in another skillet, saute green peppers for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, water and seasonings; cook on high for 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. drain sausage; place over onions. Top with green pepper mixture.
  • 5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 cups ratatouille and 8 sausages.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without sausage) equals 345 calories, 22 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 929 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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