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Slow Cooker Penne Pasta with Eggplant Sauce **

Slow Cooker Penne Pasta with Sausage Eggplant Sauce

  • Cooking Time:

    7 hours on Low, or 3 1/2 hours on High
  • Servings:



8 oz. sausage, hot Ital­ian
1 egg­plant, medi­um
28 oz. toma­toes, Ital­ian-style whole peeled in puree, cut up, canned
8 oz. mush­rooms, sliced, but­ton or fresh crem­i­ni
6 oz. toma­to paste, Ital­ian-style
1/2 c. onion, chopped
6 cloves gar­lic, minced
1/2 c. wine, dry red
1/2 c. herbs, assort­ed fresh herbs (such as flat-leaf pars­ley, oregano, basil, thyme, and/or herbs of your choice)
1/3 c. olives, Ital­ian, pit­ted, sliced
Salt and ground black pep­per to taste (option­al)
6 c. pas­ta, penne, cooked
1/4 c. cheese, grat­ed Parme­san cheese
2 T. nuts, pine, toast­ed (option­al)

We love pas­ta at our house, and Slow Cook­er Penne Pas­ta with Sausage Egg­plant Sauce is one we love to serve. I know it is a carb, but I still have it in my rota­tion of meals that my fam­i­ly real­ly enjoys. Easy but yet one I like to serve to my guests too! Yum!

  1. Brown sausage in a skil­let over medi­um-high heat. Drain­ing off fat.
  2. Peel egg­plant and cut into 1-inch cubes. NOTE: Not manda­to­ry to peel egg­plant, but I like my egg­plant peeled.
  3. Com­bine browned sausage, egg­plant, pureed toma­toes, mush­rooms, toma­to paste, onion, gar­lic and wine.
  4. Cov­er. Cook on Low for 7 hours or on High for 3–1/2 hours.
  5. Stir in herbs and olives. Sea­son with salt and pep­per to taste.
  6. Cook Penne Pas­ta as direct­ed on the pack­age, good with wheat pas­ta too.
  7. Top with the Egg­plant Sauce and cheese.
  8. Sprin­kle with Option­al pine nuts. Not an option with me, I love pine nuts with this recipe.

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Slow Cooker Penne Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly "Mom Monday" segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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Meet Jenn Bare

Jenn is the founder of Get­Crocked, the #1 resource for slow cook­ing with over 1.5 mil­lion online fol­low­ers. She inno­vates recipes dai­ly with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cook­er.

She innovates recipes daily…

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a week­ly “Mom Mon­day” seg­ment on ABC-15 in Phoenix.

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