Easy Summer Pasta

June 15, 2018
3 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
Author Notes

From Izy Hossack’s The Savvy Cook: "By roasting tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini together, you end up with a ratatouille-like mixture. Just whack it all in the oven for an hour and come back when you are ready to cook the penne. Throw on some torn mozzarella near the end so that it melts over the vegetables and combine with the pasta and some crème fraîche or ricotta.” —Izy Hossack

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 2
  • 1 3/4 cups (300g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs (I like herbes de Provence)
  • 2 3/4 ounces (75g) fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into medium strips
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) dried wholewheat penne pasta (or 3 cups/300g cooked
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche or ricotta cheese
  • 1 pinch salt, more to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  2. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the cherry tomatoes for later. Add the rest on to a roasting tray. Cut the zucchini in half along their lengths, then cut the lengths into half-moons about 3/4-inch thick and add them to the roasting tray with the eggplant, oil, herbs and a pinch of salt. Toss together and roast in the oven for 1 hour, tossing halfway through cooking. After 45 minutes, scatter the torn mozzarella over the top of the vegetables and return to the oven for the final 15 minutes of cooking time so the cheese melts.
  3. Meanwhile, if starting with dried pasta, place the pasta in a medium pan and cover with just-boiled water from the kettle. Bring to the boil and cook until al dente (this will generally be the shorter cooking time on the packet). Drain, reserving a small mugful of the pasta water, and return the pasta to the saucepan.
  4. Once the vegetables and mozzarella have finished roasting, add them to the pan of drained pasta along with the crème fraîche or ricotta and a splash of reserved pasta water (or tap water if using precooked pasta). Season with salt to taste and divide between 2 plates. Scatter the reserved cherry tomatoes over the pasta and serve.
  5. Vegan: Omit the mozzarella and replace the crème fraîche/ricotta with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  6. Gluten Free: Use gluten-free pasta (e.g. brown rice pasta).

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Passionate about cakes, roasted vegetables and anything involving Maldon salt or maple syrup. Izy is a student living in London, UK who spends her spare time blogging and rambling on

4 Reviews

MelissaH June 27, 2018
Tried this tonight for dinner, using regular penne, a couple of large tomatoes, and regular American sour cream, all of which which we had in the house. It was good, but needed a little pepping up. If I did it again, I'd add some olives or capers (or both), to give it something that isn't mellow.
Sherry E. June 26, 2018
I made the other night, it states two servings, didn't have penne needed to use spaghetti, would that be 4 ounces, two per serving? and so many cherry tomatoes, I cut by a third and still found it too much, also left out ricotta at the end as it was perfectly moist just as with a bit of cooking water to finish. I know the vegetables cooked down quite a bit it just seemed like a lot to use for two servings it was good, -
Natalie June 16, 2018
Could you make this a day ahead of time? Or is it only meant to be eaten warm?
Jon B. June 21, 2018
Yes! You can prep ahead of time. Make sure to quickly place collander of pasta under cold running water immediately after boiling so that it stops cooking. Store veg and pasta in separate containers. I tried this. Works wonderfully. Try tossing with garlic (or jalapeno) infused oil when putting it all together the next day. It is amazing!