1.15.2008

Rigatoni with Eggplant Puree



Most of the inspiration for this came from Giada de Laurentis -- I've made a few small changes. Its the kind of recipe you can add to and subtract from based on your own tastes. By the way, if you're looking for a good cookbook all of Giada's are really good!



1 medium eggplant, skin removed and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 pint cherry tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, whole

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I usually use a bit more)

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1 pound rigatoni pasta

1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


In a large bowl combine the eggplant, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Spread the vegetables out in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven until the vegetables are tender and the eggplant is golden, about 35 minutes.


While the vegetables are roasting, place the pine nuts in a small baking dish. Place in the oven on the rack below the vegetables. Roast until golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and reserve.


Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta into a large bowl and reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.


Transfer the roasted vegetables to a food processor. Add the torn basil leaves and extra-virgin olive oil. Puree the vegetables.


Transfer the pureed vegetables to the bowl with the pasta and add the Parmesan. Stir to combine, adding the pasta cooking liquid 1/2 cup at a time until the pasta is saucy. Sprinkle the pine nuts over the top and serve.

1 comment:

Sophie said...

WOW (impressed look). Your eggplant dish looks so yummy.

Here I bought a sauce pack for Sauce for Spicy Garlic Egg-plant so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.
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