Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hours (high)
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Pasta with Eggplant Sauce
Ingredients
8
ounces bulk hot Italian sausage
1
medium eggplant
1
28 ounce can Italian-style whole peeled tomatoes in puree, cut up
8
ounces fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms, sliced
1
6 ounce can Italian-style tomato paste
1/2
cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2
cup dry red wine
6
1/2
cup assorted snipped fresh herbs (such as basil, oregano, thyme, and/or Italian [flat-leaf] parsley)
1/3
cup pitted Kalamata or other Italian olives, sliced
 
Salt and ground black pepper (optional)
6
cups hot cooked penne pasta
1/4
cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
2
tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)
Directions
  1. In a large skillet cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown. Drain off fat. If desired, peel eggplant. Cut eggplant into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a 4- to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker combine sausage, eggplant, tomatoes in puree, mushrooms, tomato paste, onion, wine, and garlic.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours. Stir in herbs and olives. If desired, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve eggplant mixture over hot cooked pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and, if desired, pine nuts.
Nutrition Facts (Pasta with Eggplant Sauce)
    Per serving:
  • 493 kcal cal.,
  • 16 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 32 mg chol.,
  • 871 mg sodium,
  • 65 g carb.,
  • 8 g fiber,
  • 7 g sugar,
  • 19 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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