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Inexpensive Easy Casserole Recipe using Sausage, Eggplant + Vegetables

Updated on September 2, 2017
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My mother was an excellent cook & taught me childhood lessons in the kitchen as she cooked from scratch. My hubby & I both enjoy cooking.

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. | 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 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.

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.

Green Peppers
Green Peppers | Source
Eggplants
Eggplants | Source

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. | 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. | 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. | 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 | Source
Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red
Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red

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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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      C E Clark 3 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 Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 4 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 Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Peggy another wonderful recipe from you. I have a question. In India we usually do not get canned tomatoes.. in fact I am yet to see a can of tomatoes. But we always get fresh tomatoes. So can we use fresh ones instead of canned one? voting it up and intersting and useful.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Glad that I could solve your problem of what to feed your family. This is such an easy and flavorful casserole to assemble and bake. Please let me know how they like it. Be sure and have some good bread to soak up all of those tasty juices. Thanks for your vote + share. Happy Easter!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      You are correct in stating that just about anyone could make this flavorful and tasty casserole dish. Appreciate your comment and also the share.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I am so glad I discovered your recipe (must have missed it before). I'm having my family here for dinner the night before Easter, and I was wondering what I would feed them. I'm so tired of chicken... well, you just solved my problem.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted up, peggy! Again, great dish. Anyone can make one of these. Thanks for the recipe. Sharing, too.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi torrilynn,

      We love eggplant and this way of using it in a casserole form is certainly quick and easy once everything is chopped up. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi tirelesstraveler,

      Let me know how you liked it after you give this recipe a try. Hopefully by now you have made this easy casserole dish using the sausage you had on hand. We really like this recipe! Thanks for your comment.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hey Peggy,

      thanks for this hub

      I love any food that is quick easy and quite simple

      I like how you implemented vegetables and eggplant

      to make a wonderful recipe

      it looks quite tasty overall and I shall be trying very soon

      Voted up

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mommy Needs a Nap,

      From the name you use...you can probably really use some simple meal preparations...and this is one that is sure to please. Thanks for your comment.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      You have just solved my dinner problem. I have the sausage and it needs to get used. Thanks!

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I definitely want to try this one. It looks very tasty.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I also need to go to a nursery and purchase more eggplants and get them in the garden. We had a bumper crop last year from just 3 plants! Our parsley is bolting and going to seed so I need to replace that also. Glad you like the sound of this recipe. Appreciate the vote + the share. :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This sounds so good. I have to put eggplant in my garden this year. Thanks for sharing voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello North Wind,

      I made this casserole just the other day but used yellow squash and an orange pepper instead of the zucchini and green pepper. Worked just as well...so feel free to substitute with ingredients on hand. This is such a good recipe! Am sure that you will enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Polish sausage is amazing and I love eggplant. This recipe is one that I will try and I suspect will add to my cookbook as well :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      No reason it would not be delicious with Italian sausage as well...just a slightly different flavor. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Hope you get to trying this recipe soon. It is as good as it looks and makes your entire house smell wonderful. The nice thing is that it is so easy to prepare. Thanks for your comment, votes, the 5 star rating and your sharing of this hub with others. :))

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      This dish looks great. I'll bet it would be good with Italian sausage too. My husband is the cook in the family - I'll have to pass this on to him. Good presentation, Peggy, making this an awesome hub - voted up!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This looks so good! I'm hungry and I wish I had the ingredients for this recipe right now! Even the prepared veggies look wonderful before they're cooked. Can just imagine how delicious this would be! 5 more stars, voted up, useful, and will share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Happy to hear that you liked this recipe enough to share with others. It is a good one and easy one to prepare any time of the year. It is especially hearty fare in colder weather although we enjoy it year round. Appreciate your comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy this dish looks awesome. Glad it's so simple to make and has all the stuff that I love. Certainly one that needs to be shared ahead. And voted up, awesome and gave 5 stars.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lilleyth,

      When the weather is cold outside this is a rich and hearty dish to prepare. It will send heavenly scents throughout the house and warm up your tastebuds as you smell it cooking. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Bookmarked and shared. Can't wait to try it!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetie1,

      The other flavors other than the eggplant predominate in this casserole recipe. Am sure you will like it if you give it a try. Thanks for your comment.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Looks very Yummy even though I am not much of a fan of eggplant and even though eggplant is extensively used in Indian cooking.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      Am wondering what type of eggplant preparation you tried for the first time? It is such an easy vegetable to use and can be quite a vehicle for many different flavors depending upon how it is used. Keep exploring the different uses. If you like the other ingredients in this recipe, am sure that you will like this!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have to say... I never had eggplant before... and I was a little scared to try it as well. I know that sounds stupid. But I just had it on Sunday and it was delicious! That makes me even more motivated to try these recipes out! Yummy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee,

      So glad that you liked the sound of this easy and delicious casserole dish. If you have made it by now, don't you just love the way it makes your home smell when it is baking? So aromatic! Thanks for your comment and for passing this recipe on to others.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      Thanks for all the shares on this casserole with eggplant, other veggies and sausage. Perhaps more people will be enjoying my husband's creation thanks to you. Also appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Fantastic. Sounds so good. Great videos too. I'm off to buy eggplant and sausage. Yum! Passing this on.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Wonderful recipe, very easy and looks amazing! Something I could even pull off with some confidence of it tasting OK at the end lol.

      Was going to pin, as the pics are great. However, as you don't like pins I have shared and tweeted for you instead. Also voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tirelesstraveler,

      Next time you get hungry and feel like cooking something quick and easy, you might wish to give this casserole recipe a try. Now...quit drooling! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      I am not at all hungry , by this is amazingly delicious looking.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jasmine,

      Hopefully your family will enjoy this simple mouth-watering meal consisting of sausage and vegetables. Be prepared for some happy diners! Thanks for the vote up.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      Italian sausages are great aren't they? I'm not very creative as I always prepare them with French fries, but I'll use this recipe to surprise my family :) Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cathleena,

      You will certainly be making your husband happy with this recipe and you might be surprised at the flavors and taste for yourself. The eggplant is not a dominant flavor in this, you I won't be surprised if you come back and tell me that you also liked this. Thanks for your comment. :)

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      My husband would love for me to make this. I'm not big on eggplant, but he likes it and often will get it when we go out to eat. This looks good to me though. I love zucchini, so maybe I will give eggplant another chance and try this to surprise my hubby!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi itakins,

      That is the nice thing about this sausage and veggie casserole. Types of sausage and even vegetables can be adjusted to suit what is on hand or preferred to be eaten and still taste good. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comment.

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      My goodness,I can almost get the aroma seeing those pictures.I am going to enjoy this,I know.I might use some good old Irish herb sausages though....I just happen to have some handy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mekenzie,

      Nice meeting you also. We love eggplant! It pretty much takes on the flavor of other ingredients. Think of eggplant parmesan for example. It is the vegetarian version of chicken parmesan. In this casserole the predominant flavors will be the tomato, onion and sausage with the other things to a much lesser extent. Zucchini is also bland, as you probably know. Hope you try it sometime and let me know what you think. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      I'm cooking sausage tonight and wish I had the veggie's to make your husbands casserole. It looks yummy. The only thing I would be afraid of is the eggplant, I have never had it... But I'm pretty daring when it comes to trying new things.

      Tell me, do you like eggplant?

      Thanks for sharing the recipe and nice to meet you!

      Mekenzie

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      This celicious casserole dish is super easy. Enjoy! and thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, it sounds so quick and easy. I'm putting the ingredients on my grocery list. I am absolutely sharing with my sister-in-law. Thanks. Up, useful and intersting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      Hope you get to try this recipe soon. Am sure that you will enjoy it. It is an easy one to fine tune to one's own taste. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      I love this recipe and am so starving right now. If the closest grocery store wasn't 30 minutes away I would be there. Great recipe for me and I think I'll try it with the garlic. Thanks and voted all the good ups (except funny)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Hope that your mom will enjoy this recipe or some of the others in the videos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Sorry, I am late to know this hub. Wow....I love all your recipes above. It sound delicious. I can't wait to show this hub to my mom. I believe that she'll love this as well. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. Good job, Peggy. Rated up and I'll press all buttons here, except funny. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Simone,

      Am sure that vegetarian sausage varieties would be great in this easy casserole recipe. Let me know what you use if you give it a try. Thanks for your comment.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh boy, my mouth is watering! I've got some great vegetarian sausage I can use as a substitute for the real meat. I should give this a try!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      You can prepare this easy meal for them...or pass it on to them and they can prepare it for you. Either way, it is a win-win! Thanks for your comment. Hope to see you soon!

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      This looks like a mouth-watering and easy meal. I will prepare this easy casserole for my sons. They are sausage and eggplant lovers. The French Salad looks delicious as well. Beautiful photos and interesting videos on preparing foods the easy way, especially Cooking for Guys. Great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      About the only work besides assembling the ingredients is a little chopping. Hope that you have the time to enjoy this easy casserole soon. Thanks for your comment.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I love eggplant...bookmarking this one so I could try the recipe :) Thank you, thank you. Hopefully when graduation is done, I could try cooking this. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gordon,

      Hope you enjoy this cheap and easy dinner when you make it. It is just about foolproof and so very tasty. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Peggy

      Looks and sounds delicious. I love the way you explain the thinking behind the recipe, the ease with which it can be prepared, as well as your detailed preparation instructions and photos. As a (going on) three years single guy again, I can definitely recommend from personal experience that any single guy reading this should try this recipe and explore this wonderful style of cooking up tasty, easy and nutritious comfort food.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tirelesstraveler,

      I agree as to the need for a yummy or delicious button. Yes, this easy casserole does make the house smell heavenly after it is in the oven for a while. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Yummy! Love polish sausage. Could try egg plant. A casserole warms the house on a cool day and makes the place very welcoming. Voted up. There should be a yummy button too.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      The eggplant is not the predominant flavor in this casserole. You might be surprised! It breaks down and makes this more stew-like in consistency letting the other flavors shine. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Eggplant is not one of my favorite vegetables -- but put sausage in anything, and I'm there! The pictures add so much to the hub, as usual. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pat,

      It surely is simple to make as well as delicious. Freezes well also and it loses nothing by way of flavor when it is eaten as another meal at another time. Enjoy and thanks for your comment! Appreciate it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Coolmon2009,

      Whenever they have good looking eggplants in the store, I am always tempted to buy one or more as we love using it in various ways. This recipe is certainly easy as well as good. Hope you like it as much as we do. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pannonica,

      You are most welcome. Enjoy this easy casserole recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Pat Long 5 years ago

      Sounds fantastic; and having tasted Bruce's culinary skills in the past, I look forward to making it. The ingredients sound delicious, and the pictures create a beautiful, delectable presentation. I can hardly wait to make it. Pat

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I love eggplant, but i never remember to buy it. Thanks for this recipe; will have to try it when i have a craving for sausage and eggplant.

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      Pannonica 5 years ago

      Thank you for this recipe, I love sausages and always am tempted to try new ways of cooking up simple easy meals. Your easy to read style of writing makes these instructions clear for all to understand, thank you.