Inexpensive Easy Casserole Recipe using Sausage, Eggplant + Vegetables
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.
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 he knew that we always keep staples at home. 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.
Here is a list of the simple ingredients needed to make this casserole. Let's give it a name!
Mediterranean Eggplant Sausage Casserole
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A cooking dish like this is ideal when making this recipe! We use a similar one and have used it successfully for many years.
Cheap and Easy Dinner
This is a meal that single guys, married guys as well as any fair member of the opposite sex whether 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.
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© 2012 Peggy Woods