Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Roasted Eggplant and Veggie Pasta

This is one of the best pastas we have ever made. Simply delicious, fresh, and satisfying. AND super easy!

Roasted Eggplant Pasta

(makes 4 servings)

1 eggplant (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 handful salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes (I used roasted tomatoes)
1 green pepper (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
1 pound pasta
1/4 cup feta (crumbled)

1. Toss the eggplant in the salt and let sit in a colander for 20-30 minutes.
2. Rinse the salt off the eggplant and pat dry.
3. Toss the eggplant in the oil, salt and pepper to coat.
4. Arrange the eggplant in a single layer on a baking sheet.
5. Bake in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about 20-30 minutes.
6. Heat the oil in a pan.
7. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
8. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
9. Add the eggplant, tomatoes, green pepper, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
10. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce starts to thicken, about 30-40 minutes.
11. Meanwhile start cooking the pasta as directed on the package, timed to finish when the sauce will be done.
12. Stir in the parsley and remove from heat.
13. Serve the roasted eggplant sauce on the pasta and garnish with crumbled feta.


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