Eggplant Pasta

This delicious recipe combines the savory flavor of eggplant with a hearty pasta dish. It's a perfect option for a quick and easy dinner that will satisfy your taste buds. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a meal that is both healthy and flavorful.

Whether you're a vegetarian or just looking for a change from traditional pasta dishes, this eggplant pasta recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Why This Recipe Works

The combination of tender eggplant, juicy tomatoes, and creamy pasta creates a satisfying and hearty meal that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Not only is this dish packed with vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, but it also offers a great way to include more plant-based meals into your diet.

The simplicity of this recipe allows for the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine through. With minimal prep time and just a few steps to follow, even beginner cooks can whip up this delicious and healthy meal with ease.

 Ingredients

Eggplant - A versatile vegetable that adds a rich, meaty texture to the pasta. You can substitute with zucchini or bell peppers if desired.

Pasta-Use any pasta shape you prefer, such as spaghetti, penne, or fusilli. For a healthier option, try whole wheat or gluten-free pasta.

Tomatoes- Fresh, ripe tomatoes give this dish a burst of flavor. Canned tomatoes can be used as a substitute if fresh ones aren't available.

Garlic -Adds a savory depth to the dish. If you don't have fresh garlic, garlic powder can be used instead.

Basil- Fresh basil leaves enhance the overall taste and aroma. Dried basil or parsley can be used as a substitute.

Tips

  • Salt the eggplant before cooking to draw out excess moisture and reduce bitterness.
  • Cook the pasta al dente to prevent it from becoming mushy.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat, if desired.
  • Customize the recipe by adding additional vegetables, like spinach or mushrooms.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese for an extra layer of flavor.

How to Serve

This Eggplant Pasta is a complete meal on its own, but you can elevate your dining experience by pairing it with other dishes. A simple green salad, crusty bread, or a glass of your favorite wine can complement the flavors and make for a memorable meal.

  1. Serve alongside a fresh, mixed greens salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. Pair with warm, crusty bread to soak up any remaining sauce.
  3. Enjoy with a glass of red or white wine to complement the dish.

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Eggplant Pasta

This easy Eggplant Pasta recipe combines delicious, fresh ingredients to create a comforting and flavorful dish. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.
4.50 from 8 votes
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Course: dinner, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: eggplant, pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant cubed
  • 8 ounces pasta of your choice
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves chopped

Instructions

  • Salt the cubed eggplant and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add eggplant and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and add it to the skillet, tossing with the eggplant and tomato mixture.
  • Stir in fresh basil and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 2kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 0.1g Fat: 0.01g Saturated Fat: 0.002g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g Sodium: 0.3mg Potassium: 9mg Fiber: 0.05g Sugar: 0.02g Vitamin A: 53IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 4mg Iron: 0.1mg

Notes

  • Salt the eggplant before cooking to draw out excess moisture and reduce bitterness.
  • Cook the pasta al dente to prevent it from becoming mushy.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat, if desired.
  • Customize the recipe by adding additional vegetables, like spinach or mushrooms.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese for an extra layer of flavor.
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