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Vegan Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Tomato

vegan penne with sausage and eggplant served on a white plate

This Vegan Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Tomato comes together quickly. It is a flavorful and satisfying dish to feed a family or share at a potluck.

Vegan Penne with Sausage and Eggplant Started with a Friend

I know I’m not the only vegan who loves the challenge of veganizing non-vegan recipes. This is especially true if the non-vegan version gets rave reviews or comes from a great cook. This penne dish checks both of those boxes.

The original recipe came from my friend, Marie, whom I met through my sister. Marie is an excellent and generous cook; food is one of her love languages. She loves to prepare and serve amazing meals to family and friends. For example, the first time I was at her house for lunch with my sister, she prepared five different vegan dishes—and I was the only vegan there. That’s what I am talking about.

Anyway, when my sister raved to me about this pasta dish several times, I felt the challenge. When I got the recipe from Marie, I was pleased to see that creating a vegan version would be pretty straightforward.

What About Vegan Sausage?

The biggest challenge was finding the proper vegan sausage. If you have tried commercially available vegan sausage, you know the range of texture and taste is quite extensive.
In Marie’s recipe, the specifications for the sausage were highlighted. (I have never highlighted a recipe before, but what a great idea.) Words highlighted: sweet, WITH FENNEL (yes in caps), casing removed, crumbled. Finding a product that would provide those qualities, or something similar, was vital.

Our Choices for Plant-Based Sausage

In our opinion, the best plant-based sausages commonly available in markets for this recipe are from Field Roast and Beyond. There are certainly other brands and choices but we don’t want to send people off on a search for a hard-to-get product just to make a recipe of our’s. For this recipe the Field Roast Italian Garlic and Fennel Sausage is our go-to choice. The taste and texture is excellent, it cooks up nicely, and preserves the taste profile of the original recipe. If you cannot find the Field Roast we also like the Beyond Italian Sausage but that will transform the dish into hot and spicy. Not a problem, just a lot different.

Vegan Penne with Sausage and Eggplant is a Crowd Pleaser

Not only is this a big-pot dish that will satisfy a hungry family or at a get-together with friends, but it is also perfect as a Sunday meal prep for the week-to-come option. 

Eggplant and Onions, ready to roast
Browning the sausage
vegan penne with sausage and eggplant served on a white plate
Time to dig in!

Vegan Penne with Sausage and Eggplant is a Favorite

This is a meal that comes together pretty fast and goes from “what’s for dinner?” to “time to eat” in a flash. Great for those busy days when everyone gets home late and you need to come up with something. Life is a little calmer for us these days, but we still appreciate a tasty, satisfying meal that doesn’t require a lot of fuss. This one is on the regular rotation with us. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. If you make it, please let us know in the comments below and share on social media (don’t forget to tag us!).


Check out some of our other pasta recipes:

No Compromise Vegan Pesto

Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Spicy Sesame Noodles


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Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Tomato

  • Author: Georgia @ Full of Beans
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Vegan Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Tomato comes together quickly. It is a flavorful and satisfying dish to feed a family or share at a potluck and perfect for those hungry family short on time dinnertimes.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1.5 lbs plant-based sweet Italian-style sausage (we used Field Roast Italian Garlic & Fennel – don’t forget to remove the casing!)
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped, divided in 1/2
  • 1/4 cup Cashew Cream or plant-based creamer
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot red pepper flakes—about 1/4 tsp or to taste
  • 1 large eggplant with skin on, cut into approximately 1″ cubes
  • 2 small onions, cut into quarters, and then thin slices
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lb penne

Instructions

  1. preheat your oven to 450°
  2. prep all ingredients
  3. Combine eggplant, onion, some salt and pepper, and a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large bowl
  4.  lightly oil a large-rimmed baking pan, or a sheet pan, and spread the eggplant mixture evenly on it
  5. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden (you may opt for a short time under the broiler at the end). 
  6. lightly oil a large frying pan and sauté the sausage until browned, stirring frequently because it will have a tendency to stick 
  7. next, add the crushed tomatoes and 1/2 cup parsley to the sausage, and sauté for an additional 10 minutes
  8. Add the cashew cream/plant-based creamer and the roasted vegetables. Simmer for about five minutes
  9. At the same time, cook your penne. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water when finished
  10. Add the penne to the sauce in the pan, salt and pepper if needed, and hot pepper flakes
  11. stir in the rest of the parsley and, if the sauce is too thick, some of the cooking water. Hint: the sauce should be pleasantly thick

Notes

You can find the Field Roast line of sausages in most large markets. We think the Garlic and Fennel work the best, but you can experiment with other flavors, and brands, according to availability and your taste.

Keywords: vegan sausage, penne, vegan pasta recipe, vegan eggplant recipe, eggplant

Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).

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