roasted eggplant and bell pepper pasta
This roasted eggplant and bell pepper pasta is the perfect vegetarian pasta dish that is rich in flavor and nutrients. Plus, it's a nice reminder of the hotter summer produce that we love so much.
1.5 lb eggplant, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 bell peppers, seeded/stem removed, cut into 1/2 inch dice
3 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium shallot, peeled and minced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1.75 lbs tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
8 oz rigatoni or pasta of choice
fresh ground black pepper
garnish, fresh basil + freshly grated parmesan cheese
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl toss the diced eggplant and red bell peppers in 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 pinches of kosher salt, and 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and spread the eggplant and bell peppers onto the baking sheet [see note]. Roast for 30 minutes flipping halfway through, then flip again and roast for 10 more minutes until veggies begin to char [see note]. Remove and set aside.
Step 2: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
Step 3: While the eggplant and bell peppers roast, in a dutch oven over medium heat, add in 2 tbsp of olive oil and minced shallot. Sauté for 2 minutes until they begin to turn translucent. Add in the garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, oregano, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Sauté for 1 minute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add in the whole peeled tomatoes and its juices, the tomato paste, and allow to come to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and using an immersion blender, blend until the sauce has an even consistency. Once the eggplant and bell peppers are roasted, add them to the sauce, and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, allow to simmer while the pasta cooks.
Step 4: Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve a 1/4 cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and add it to the pasta sauce. Stir until all of the pasta is coated with the sauce. Add in 1 tbsp of reserved pasta water to thicken the sauce. Serve with fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
The recipe and image are courtesy of Girl With The Iron Cast