Italian Eggplant Meat Sauce

Pamela Rappaport

By
@Pamelalala

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.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

3 Hr

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb
ground beef
1
onion, chopped
1
green bell pepper, chopped
2
stalks celery, chopped
4 c
peeled and diced eggplant, approximately
2 clove
garlic, minced
1
carrot, grated
2
large cans diced tomatoes
1
small can tomato paste
2 tsp
dried oregano leaves
2 tsp
dried thyme
1/2 tsp
dried rosemary
2 tsp
dried basil
salt and pepper
water as needed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Brown ground beef in large sauce pot.
2
Add onions, celery, and pepper and saute until onion is transparent.
3
Add garlic, carrots, and eggplant and saute for a few minutes more.
4
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.
5
Serve over your choice of pasta. We like spaghetti, papardelle, or tagliatelle. Be sure to top it with lots of Parmesan cheese.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian