Cheap and Easy Dinner ~ Easy Casserole Recipe using Sausage, Eggplant + Vegetables

Bowl of delicous sausage eggplant casserole ready to enjoy!

Bowl of delicous sausage eggplant casserole ready to enjoy!
Bowl of delicous sausage eggplant casserole ready to enjoy! | Source

No Top Chef Skills Needed!


One need not have the cooking skills of a Top Chef in order to be able to make this simple casserole dish. Nor is it necessary to have the wealth of a Bill Gates in order to be able to purchase the easily acquired ingredients in order to assemble and create this dish.


My husband actually created it one year when my mother, niece and I were on our annual summer vacation. I never worried about having to prepare meals in advance, leaving frozen portions for him to thaw and eat while I was gone, because he loves to cook and is quite excellent at doing so.


This recipe that he concocted made it into our "tried and true" recipe folder and we have enjoyed it many times since that first date of creation many years ago.


Assembling the ingredients for this recipe.

Assembling the ingredients for this recipe.
Assembling the ingredients for this recipe. | Source

Easy casserole recipe


My hubby was in the grocery store picking up a few needed things on his way home from work one evening and as he was perusing the vegetable aisle, he spotted a good looking eggplant. This started thoughts of various ways he could prepare it.


Adding a zucchini and green bell pepper into his basket, he kept rolling his grocery cart until he got to the section where sausage is sold.


Ideas began forming in his mind, and knowing that we always keep staples at home which included the other things that eventually made its way into his stewed casserole dish...he made his way to the check-out line and came home to attend to our four legged babies that were eagerly awaiting his arrival.


After greeting and taking care of our happy dogs, and checking my mother's house and attending to her cats...the rest of the evening was his to relax and enjoy.

Ingredients


Here is a list of the simple ingredients needed to make this casserole. Let's give it a name!

Mediterranean Eggplant / Sausage Casserole

1 eggplant

1 zucchini

1 green bell pepper

1 shallot or green onion

1 Polish or Italian Sausage

1 can (28 oz - 793 g) canned diced tomatoes

1 can (8 oz - 227 g) tomato sauce

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese

Sliced zucchini

Sliced zucchini
Sliced zucchini | Source

Step by Step instructions


All one needs at this point after washing and drying the vegetables is a large cutting board, a sharp knife and a lidded oven proof casserole dish large enough to hold all of the ingredients. Foil can also be used in place of a lid, if desired.

Start by slicing the zucchini in approximately 1/4 inch pieces.

Diced green pepper and cubed eggplant

Diced green pepper
Diced green pepper | Source
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Next step is to slice the green peppers into strips or dice them. It all depends upon the final look you wish to have. In this case, they were diced.

All of these ingredients are going to be cooked in the oven for a total of an hour and a half so they will all soften and be combined together. Therefore the ultimate size of the pieces does not have to be that exact.

Beginning chefs can easily make this dish!

Cube the eggplant leaving the skin on. The skin is where many of the nutrients come from in the case of eggplants.

Then dice the shallot finely chopping it.

Cutting board with all of the veggies sliced, cubed and diced.

Cutting board with all of the veggies sliced, cubed and diced.
Cutting board with all of the veggies sliced, cubed and diced. | Source

Sliced Polish sausage

Sliced Polish sausage
Sliced Polish sausage | Source

After putting all of the fresh vegetables into the casserole dish, slice the sausage as you did the zucchini.

Add this as well as the canned tomatoes (with all of the juice) and the tomato sauce as well as the seasonings of thyme and salt and pepper.

Mix thoroughly and put the lid on and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour.

All ingredients (except Parmesan) in casserole dish ready to be baked for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

All ingredients (except Parmesan) in casserole dish ready to be baked for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
All ingredients (except Parmesan) in casserole dish ready to be baked for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. | Source

After one hour of baking, take the lid off of the casserole dish and sprinkle the third of a cup of Parmesan cheese over the top and put back in the oven with the lid off to continue baking for another half hour.

Sprinkled with grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese for the last 1/2 hour of baking time.

Sprinkled with grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese for the last 1/2 hour of baking time.
Sprinkled with grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese for the last 1/2 hour of baking time. | Source

By now your house or apartment or wherever you live should be smelling heavenly!


If your windows are open you just might be having neighbors knocking on your door wishing to be invited to join you for a meal! Fortunately this makes quite a sizable amount and with a good loaf of crusty bread, this can feed a number of hungry people.


The bread is good for sopping up the good juices that form from this combination of ingredients.

Fresh out of the oven...Mediterranean Eggplant / Sausage Casserole

Fresh out of the oven...Mediterranean Eggplant / Sausage Casserole
Fresh out of the oven...Mediterranean Eggplant / Sausage Casserole | Source

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Cheap and easy dinner


This is a meal that single guys, married guys as well as any fair member of the opposite sex, single or married, can also easily make. One need not be a proficient and experienced chef. Any home cook who can read instructions and follow directions will do a good job with this recipe.


The nice thing about this casserole dish is that ingredients can be altered to suit different tastes. A different type of sausage, for instance, or different herbs would lend different flavor profiles to this dish. Instead of a shallot, a little bit of onion or even some garlic would be nice.


Don't be afraid to be creative with what you have in your pantry or when you are strolling the grocery store aisles when it comes to this recipe. If you have homegrown tomatoes...use those in place of the canned.


If you have any leftovers , this easy casserole using sausage and veggies also freezes well. My husband and I enjoyed this dish just last night (in order to provide you with these photos) and we definitely will be enjoying leftovers into the future. Yummy!


Enjoy!!!

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

This would be more traditional for dinner instead of breakfast anyway...although if one was hungry, I guess it could be eaten almost anytime. :) Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

This is so yummy and I'm hungry. Can't eat however, because of meds I must take in the morning and because there's no time. Maybe for dinner tonight . . . I love this!!

Sharing again. Tried to pin it but it won't work this morning.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi vespawoolf,

The nice thing about this recipe is that it is so easy and believe me...it is delicious. It also freezes well so it is an easy one to later just thaw and enjoy. Thanks for your comment and votes.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

It's not good to read delicious food Hubs when you're hungry! Now my mouth is watering. I love the way you laid out this Hub in response to the question on cheap dinners single guys can make. This would be grea for anyone! The photos and instructions are so helpful. Voted up up!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Indian Chef,

Of course you can substitute fresh tomatoes for the canned. I have done that. The casserole, depending upon the juice of the tomatoes might be a bit juicier than normal...but it is all good. This will have juices to soak up in any case with bread or if served over rice...and it is very flavorful. It can also be reduced by cooking without a cover a bit longer. This is a very friendly recipe that can be altered to taste. Thanks for your comment and votes.


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