Eggplant, Fennel, and Sausage Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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7 users rated this recipe an average rating of 3.5
Makes:
6 servings
Serving Size:
1 1/4 cup
Prep:
25 mins
Slow Cook:
6 hrs to 7 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high) + 40 minutes (high)
Stand:
5 mins
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Eggplant, Fennel, and Sausage Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Ingredients
4
ounces bulk sweet Italian sausage
4
cups peeled and chopped eggplant
2
medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced
1
14 1/2 ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
1/2
cup water
1/4
cup dry white wine
2
tablespoons tomato paste
2
1
teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
6
ounces dried cut ziti or penne pasta
1/2
cup snipped fresh basil
1
cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
 
Snipped fresh basil

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.
  2. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker combine sausage, eggplant, fennel, tomatoes, the water, wine, tomato paste, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in pasta and 1/2 cup basil. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.* Stir pasta mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 10 minutes more. Let stand, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional basil.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip:

If you like, skip 30 minutes of slow cooking by tossing the eggplant mixture and 1/2 cup basil with 6 to 8 ounces of cooked ziti or penne pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and continue as directed.

Nutrition Facts

(Eggplant, Fennel, and Sausage Slow Cooker Baked Ziti)
    Per serving:
  • 255 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 18 mg chol.,
  • 479 mg sodium,
  • 38 g carb.,
  • 6 g fiber,
  • 7 g sugar,
  • 14 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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