Eggplant Pasta: Sunday Slow Cooker Supper

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina

Easy eggplant pasta with savory Italian sausage makes a complete meal. You don't have to have it over pasta, but we highly recommend it!

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Looking for a simple, yet heart-warming recipe to get you through the winter months? This easy recipe eggplant pasta with sausage made in the slow cooker fits the bill!

Some people are all about pre-cooking most of their slow cooker ingredients. When I’m in a rush to throw together a slow cooker meal before work, though, the last thing I want to do is pre-cook anything.

I typically plan ahead and will cut all the veggies I need for my slow cooker meal. Sometimes, if I’m really on my game, I’ll place everything into a gallon size zip top bag. Come morning time, all I have to do is dump the contents of the bag into the slow cooker, set the timer and hit start. That’s really the way I prefer to make my slow cooker meals.

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If you have time, you can feel free to brown the Italian sausage, onions, garlic and even the eggplant, then place in the slow cooker (5-10 minutes tops—add a little olive oil to the pan to keep it from sticking, and don’t forget to transfer the juices to the slow cooker, too).

But if you're in a rush like me—place it all in the slow cooker and “set it and forget it”! I served the sausage and eggplant over rotini pasta. That’s just what I had on hand—you don’t have to do the same as I did, or even use pasta at all. This makes a pretty hearty stew too.

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A must though is serving the sausage and eggplant with fresh bread - my Italian bread with homemade roasted garlic butter, or Kate's Rosemary Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe would both be fantastic.  Casey's Panzanella Salad Recipe would also make a great side if you need to feed a crowd!

Keep it simple this winter and warm the hearts and souls of those you love by making this recipe for slow cooker sausage and eggplant.

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes, 1 can
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 medium eggplants, ends trimmed and cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 pound italian sausage, 5-6 links
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound rotini, optional and prepared separately

Directions

  1. In a 6 quart slow cooker add the diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, eggplant and salt. Mix well then place sausage links on top, covering with sauce.
  2. Place on low for 6-8 hours. Season with more salt and pepper if needed and stir in basil. Serve on top of pasta. 

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    I have this in the slow cooker now. It smells so good! One question though. Could you please specify how much sauce to top the eggplant mixture with? I didn't see sauce listed in the ingredients so I topped it with the tomato sauce I had on hand we like tomatoes here so there is no such thing as too much tomatoes. Thanks!