Sausage and Eggplant Penne
20 MIN
25 MIN

Sausage and Eggplant Penne


  • 1/2 cup (130 g) ricotta cheese, drained
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4 lb (340 g) penne rigate or other short pasta
  • 1 eggplant, diced
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) olive oil
  • 1 lb (450 g) Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 jar (340 ml) roasted red peppers, drained and cut into strips
  • 1 cup (250 ml) chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) tomato paste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste


  1. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta and parsley together. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the eggplant in 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the oil until golden, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside on a plate.
  4. In the same skillet, brown the sausage in the remaining oil, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the eggplant, peppers, broth and tomato paste. Continue cooking for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the pasta and cook for 2 minutes, stirring to coat with the sauce. Adjust the seasoning. Remove from the heat.
  5. Using two spoons, shape the ricotta mixture into 6 dollops and place on top of the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.