Pasta with Eggplant Sauce


Having guests over but don't have hours to spend preparing dinner? This slow cooker Pasta and Eggplant Sauce recipe is perfect for you!

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce
Photo: Peter Krumhardt
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 25 mins


  • 8 ounce bulk hot Italian sausage

  • 1 medium eggplant

  • 1 28 ounce can Italian-style whole peeled tomatoes in puree, cut up

  • 8 ounce fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 6 ounce can Italian-style tomato paste

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup assorted snipped fresh herbs (such as basil, oregano, thyme, and/or Italian [flat-leaf] parsley)

  • cup pitted Kalamata or other Italian olives, sliced

  • Salt and ground black pepper (optional)

  • 6 cup hot cooked penne pasta

  • ¼ cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)

  • 2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (optional)


  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 (per serving)

493 Calories
16g Fat
65g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 493
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 871mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 34.2mg 171%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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