Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Yummies: Let's Give It Up for Eggplant.

First, let me say that this dish was a hit with the toddler. Total hit. He ate everything that was on his plate and a lot that was on mine. In other words, he couldn't get enough eggplant, which is great because eggplant has lots of fiber and is a good source of potassium, manganese, copper and vitamins B1 and C.

Sauteed Eggplant and Pasta

2 tbsps olive oil
1 medium eggplant, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. chopped basil
4 medium carrots
1/2 c. sundried tomatoes, julienned
1/2 c. roasted red peppers, sliced
1 can chopped tomatoes (don't drain)

Warm oil over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring, until the eggplant starts to brown and soften, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat and add basil, carrots, red peppers, both tomatoes. Let simmer for about 20 minutes or so. Adjust seasoning, as needed.

Meanwhile, boil pasta. I use Barilla Plus rotini, but use whatever kind you like. When the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it and add to the eggplant. Mix together and cook over low heat for a few minutes to let the sauce combine well with the pasta. Serve hot, sprinkled with freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.


Have a great weekend, everyone!


tfh said...

Yum! We are always looking for new variations on the tomato/eggplant combination. And a toddler who can't get enough of his vegetables? That's gotta more than make up for some of his more destructive moments! Happy weekend.

Diana said...

Hmm...I may have to try this! I'm not a huge egglplant fan, but I've gotten to appreciate it when it's cooked right (aka not too bitter)!

Marcy said...

Ooooohhhh this sounds AWESOME! I lurve me some eggplant! YUM!

Julianne said...

Oh I love eggplant. That pasta sounds so good!!

Anonymous said...

Eggplant is one of my favorites. LIke you I am happy my 2 1/2 year old likes it too.

Aileen said...

Oh goodness that sounds SO good.

2sisters2cities said...

Thanks for posting this to my eggplant link party! It looks great...


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