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This hearty sausage and eggplant pasta recipe is the perfect healthy comfort food. Gluten-free and filled with a variety of Italian flavours and textures, this simple meal is sure to be a hit.
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Gluten-Free Italian Sausage and Eggplant Pasta

This hearty sausage and eggplant pasta recipe is the perfect healthy comfort food. Gluten-free and filled with a variety of Italian flavours and textures, this simple meal is sure to be a hit.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Eggplant
  • 3 Hot Italian sausages about 1 lb
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ Onion diced
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic minced
  • 1 lb GF Pasta I like fusilli or rigatoni
  • 1 jar or can San Marzano tomatoes pureed
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon Basil (dried) sub a few leaves of fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon Oregano (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Wash and dice the eggplant. Toss with salt and let sit in a colander for 5 minutes. Then let sit on paper towels to draw moisture out.
  • Remove your sausages from the casings and brown on medium heat in a large skillet (or pot) with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Once the sausage is done, remove it from the skillet and let sit on a plate. Begin to boil the water for your pasta. Add olive oil to the skillet with the eggplant and sauté on medium.
  • After about 5 minutes, add your onion and garlic to the skillet with additional olive oil as needed. The eggplant will absorb a lot. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the jar of tomatoes to the skillet along with all of the spices. Stir, cover, and simmer on low for about 15 minutes while the pasta cooks.
  • When the water is ready, add your pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  • Save ½ cup of the pasta water. Drain and rinse the pasta before adding it to the skillet. Toss with parmesan cheese and pasta water.
  • Plate and garnish with additional red pepper flakes, parmesan, and fresh basil. Enjoy!