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Mediterranean Eggplant Sausage Casserole Recipe: Easy to Make and Delicious!

My mother was an excellent cook who taught me a great deal as she cooked from scratch. Today, both my hubby and I enjoy cooking.

Bowl of delicous sausage eggplant casserole ready to enjoy!

Bowl of delicous sausage eggplant casserole ready to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Some good crusty bread to accompany the meal

Step-by-Step Instructions

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

  1. Start by slicing the zucchini in approximately 1/4 inch pieces.
  2. Slice the green peppers into strips or dice them. It all depends upon the final look you wish to have. 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. Therefore the ultimate size of the pieces does not have to be that exact. Beginning chefs can easily make this dish!
  3. Cube the eggplant leaving the skin. The skin is where many of the nutrients come from in the case of eggplants.
  4. Then dice the shallot finely chopping it.
  5. After putting all of the fresh vegetables into the casserole dish, slice the sausage as you did the zucchini.
  6. 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 to the casserole dish.
  7. Mix thoroughly and put the lid on and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
  8. After one hour of baking, take the lid off of the casserole dish and sprinkle a third of a cup of Parmesan cheese over the top and put back in the oven with the cover 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 many hungry people. The sliced or torn bread is good for sopping up the tasty 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

No Top Chef Skills Needed!

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

My husband 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.

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 an excellent looking eggplant—this started thoughts of various ways he could prepare it. Adding a zucchini and green bell pepper, he kept rolling his grocery cart until he got to the section where sausage is available for sale. Ideas began forming in his mind, and he knew that we always keep staples at home.

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

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.

This easy to make casserole freezes well. Just thaw, heat and serve to enjoy it another time.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 12, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

This dish as it is baking makes the entire house smell so good! Since you love eggplant, I am certain that you will really like this casserole dish. It is truly yummy!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 11, 2019:

I am not sure if I found this before or not but shame on me if I did not. I adore eggplant and can imagine the flavors combined in this dish must be divine. Pinned to good things to eat. Angels headed your way this evening once again. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2019:

Hi Rajan,

You are correct. Any sausage to your liking could easily be substituted or this dish could be made vegetarian by omitting it completely. It is an easy one to adjust and be made to just about anyone's taste.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 16, 2019:

This eggplant sausage casserole looks so delish. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Though we do not get Polish or Italian sausages here, I think it can be tried with any sausage.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

It would be easy to only top part of the casserole with the cheese so that you could enjoy it as well as your husband who does not like eating cheese. Parmesan cheese is a bit salty so if you eliminate it completely you might have to add some salt to the dish. Just salt it to taste.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 23, 2018:

Looks and sounds delivious plus simple to do thanks Peggy. My hubby does not eat cheese but I do. I guess you could skip the cheese or only top part of the casserole

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

This truly is an easy recipe and it tastes delicious! Hope you give it a try. As to the weather, it is sizzling down here also but not quite as hot as you have it further north in Texas. Stay cool!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 24, 2018:

Posted this to both FB and Awesome HubPages. This looks so yummy and tastes so good!

Hope you are managing this awful heat we've had lately. 113º on Sunday! Cooler for a few days now, but then back to the hundreds . . . :(((

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2014:

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!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 05, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2013:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 04, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2013:

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.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 05, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2013:

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 28, 2013:

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.

beingwell from Bangkok on March 28, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2013:

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.

torrilynn on March 11, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2013:

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.

Judy Specht from California on March 11, 2013:

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

Michelle Clairday from Arkansas on March 11, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2013:

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. :)

moonlake from America on March 11, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2013:

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.

North Wind from The World (for now) on March 04, 2013:

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 :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2013:

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. :))

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on February 19, 2013:

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!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 18, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 17, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 17, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2012:

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.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on November 30, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 26, 2012:

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.

sweetie1 from India on November 26, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2012:

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!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on November 14, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2012:

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.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 27, 2012:

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

Brett C from Asia on September 27, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 27, 2012:

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.

Judy Specht from California on September 26, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 26, 2012:

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.

Jasmine on September 26, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2012:

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. :)

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 12, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2012:

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.

itakins from Irl on April 03, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

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.

Susan Ream from Michigan on March 28, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Hello KoffeeKlatch Gals,

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

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2012:

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.

Charlu from Florida on March 20, 2012:

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)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 17, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2012:

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.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on March 15, 2012:

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!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

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!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 13, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

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.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 13, 2012:

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. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

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.

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 13, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

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.

Judy Specht from California on March 13, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 13, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2012:

Hi Pannonica,

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

Pat Long on March 12, 2012:

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

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on March 12, 2012:

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.

Pannonica on March 12, 2012:

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.