Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Trim the ends of your eggplant off and stand it on one flat end to make it easy to cut the skin off. Slice the eggplant lengthwise and lay flat on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Pop in the oven for about 10-15 minutes and flip. The edges will start to turn a little brown and the eggplant will be tender.
Sausage Marinara Topper
1 Jar Mezetta Pasta Sauce (or your favorite, or a nice homemade sauce)
(Click HERE for a great semi-homemade sauce)
Brown the sausage until cooked through, then add the marinara. Cook until heated through. Serve over roasted eggplant and let it melt in your mouth.
Here's a picture of the pasta sauce I used from the companies website