Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Spicy Eggplant Pasta

I. Love. Eggplant.

There, I said it, end of story.

I scored some big, beautiful, fresh eggplant the other day from the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building. They were just calling to me. I bought a crate and ate eggplant for every meal this week but not without making a big batch of this sauce. It’s bolognese inspired but meatless. Trust me, you won’t miss the meat with this recipe. It has enough hardiness with the eggplant, carrots and roasted tomatoes that just make this the perfect Meatless Monday Meal!

A very simple and quick meal that could be served along side some very yummy garlic bread and a Caesar salad. Bon appetite!

Spicy Eggplant Pasta

This is a wonderful meatless pasta that is hardy enough to stand up to a cozy night in on a cool fall evening.

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Spicy Eggplant Pasta

2 September, 2014
: 6
: 20 min
: 35 min
: 55 min
: Easy

For really tender and bitter-less eggplant, toss the chopped eggplant with salt and let sit in a colander to sweat for 20 minutes before cooking it. Rinse well and pat dry before cooking.

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 – 3 whole Japanese Eggplant, chopped
  • 2 whole Carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flake
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 {16 ounce} jar Tomato Sauce {Homemade or your favorite.}
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large saucepan or pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes until onion is translucent and tender. {For really tender and bitter-less eggplant, toss the chopped eggplant with salt and let sit in a colander to sweat for 20 minutes before cooking it. Rinse well and pat dry before cooking.}
  • Step 2 Add the eggplant to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for 5 minutes until all the veggies are tender. Add the garlic and red pepper flake, stir and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste to the pan and stir in. Turn heat down to medium and pour in the wine. Stir together until the tomato paste and wine are combined and thick. Reduce heat and simmer mixture for 3 minutes.
  • Step 3 Add the jar of tomato sauce and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve sauce on top of your favorite pasta and garnish with plenty of Parmesan cheese.


Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Add the eggplant to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for 5 minutes until all the veggies are tender.


Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Add the garlic and red pepper flake, stir and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste to the pan and stir in.


Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Turn heat down to medium and pour in the wine.


Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Stir together until the tomato paste and wine are combined and thick. Reduce heat and simmer mixture for 3 minutes.

Add the jar of tomato sauce and stir to combine.


Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve sauce on top of your favorite pasta and garnish with plenty of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Savor and Enjoy!



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