Eggplant Sicilian Style

I love eggplant and at home when I was first married my mother-in-law made eggplant parm weekly! It was delicious used as a main dish, as a side or tucked in a good Italian roll as a sandwich. She would also make caponata, a relish style of eggplant with celery, olives, capers, tomatoes, fresh herbs in a vinegar base. It was wonderful to open a jar of caponata on a cold winter day and smell the warm of summer that was packed in that jar. I’ve enjoyed making eggplant now for quite some time however my favorite is a sauce for pasta. You can make it vegetarian Pasta alla Norma, or add delicious Italian sausage for a hearty version. Either way it is easy and delicious. Whenever I make eggplant I remember a little Italian lady bustling around the kitchen fussing over each dish that she created with love and pride.

I had 2 small eggplant from the garden but you could use 1 medium peeled and cubed

2 links of Italian sausage remove from the casing and crumbled up. I like a mix of hot and sweet. ( You can omit this if you want it vegetarian style)

I medium onion finely diced

3 cloves of garlic diced

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes but I will use a fresh hot pepper if I have it, like a half of a long hot or hot banana pepper diced finely.

1 28 ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes in a bowl crushed up with your hands

1 nice sprig of fresh oregano chopped

1/3 cup nice red wine

In a large sauté pan add about 3 tablespoons of EVOO on medium heat. Add crumble sausage begin to brown after 5 minutes add the diced eggplant and onion and the hot pepper with another tablespoon of EVOO. Sauté about  9 minutes then add garlic. Cook about 3 more minutes. A brown font should be at the bottom of the pan. Deglaze with the wine and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, oregano and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes, taste for seasoning.

In the meantime get your favorite pasta ready, some good grated cheese and Manga!


Eggplant and sausage over pasta!

6 thoughts on “Eggplant Sicilian Style

  1. Looks delish! There is another eggplant growing at the farm so I will look forward to this dish as soon as it’s ready to be picked! 😉

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