We had lots of eggplant in the garden this summer and I've cooked it just about every way I know. One day I decided to try it in an Italian meat sauce. It's good in Eggplant Parmesan, why not in a sauce, right? This is what I came up with, my husband says it's one of his favorite eggplant dishes. The taste of the eggplant comes through even in this hearty sauce.
Add onions, celery, and pepper and saute until onion is transparent.
Add garlic, carrots, and eggplant and saute for a few minutes more.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Watch it at first, the eggplant will give off some moisture but you may need to add some water for it to have enough moisture to simmer. I think this sauce is better the longer it cooks. I usually start it at lunch and simmer it until dinner. Cook it at least 2 hours for all the eggplant to break down.
Serve over your choice of pasta. We like spaghetti, papardelle, or tagliatelle. Be sure to top it with lots of Parmesan cheese.