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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/or pepper.
4. Serve eggplant mixture over hot cooked pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and, if desired, pine nuts.