Emeril's Eggplant, Sausage, and Ziti Casserole

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

From his book "Emeril's Potluck, Comfort Food with a Kicked Up Attitude".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/4 cup of the oil.
  4. Add the eggplant in batches, seasoning on both sides with salt and pepper, and cook until golden, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Transfer to a plate as they cook, and set aside.
  6. Heat 2 tablespoons of the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. When hot but not smoking, add the onion and sausage, and cook, stirring, until the sausage is browned and the onion is soft, about 6 minutes.
  8. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Add the tomatoes, their juices, the Italian seasoning, black olives, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the crushed red pepper.
  10. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer, uncovered, until the flavors marry and the sauce slightly thickens, about 20 minutes.
  11. Remove from the heat.
  12. Add the basil and adjust seasoning, to taste.
  13. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  14. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and forms a light roux, about 2 minutes.
  15. Whisk in the milk and, whisking frequently, cook until the sauce is thickened and smooth, about 4 minutes.
  16. Remove from the heat and season with the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste.
  17. Arrange half of the eggplant slices on the bottom of the casserole, overlapping as necessary.
  18. Top with half of the cooked pasta, then half of the sausage-tomato sauce.
  19. Place another layer of eggplant slices on top of the sauce, then layers of pasta and sausage-tomato sauce.
  20. Pour on the white sauce, then top with the grated mozzarella and Parmesan.
  21. Bake for 1 hour, or until puffed and golden brown on top.


Most Helpful

I would give this a 4 but DH loved it so that is 5 stars in my book. The only changes I made were adding garlic to the sausage and used 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2 and 1 cup fat-free milk. This pasta has a very creamy texture. IMO, you could leave out the white sauce and still have a great dish. I do not think you will lose any flavor. In a pinch you could use spaghetti sauce as PaulaG did. The prep time was longer than 45 minutes but then I read over the instructions about a billion times while cooking. Thanks for the great dish:)

Ck2plz October 07, 2009

I have to agree with everyone else, this is an outstanding dish. The sliced eggplant was sprinkled with Cajun seasoning before frying. I did cheat and used a jar sauce to cut down on the cooking time. Something I will have to keep in reserve to make again. Thanks so much for sharing.

PaulaG July 28, 2008

this is a 10-star recipe, I used tomatoes from my garden with a little tomato juice, did a few amount adjustments, and use half and half cream, this recipe will go into my favorites and I look forward to serving this to my guests, thank you for posting this wonderful recipe Tina...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz September 20, 2007

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