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Roasted cherry tomato and eggplant pasta

October 22, 2019
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Photo by Carole P.
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 40 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This is a simple, vegan variation on Pasta Alla Norma. Roasting the cherry tomatoes gives it a tangy, mouthwatering kick! —Carol P.

What You'll Need
  • 16 ounces Penne or rigatoni
  • 1 Medium-large eggplant, skinned and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cups Cherry tomotoes, halved
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 splash Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh basil, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss cubed eggplant with 2 tablespoons olive oil and ONE clove of the minced garlic.
  3. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and roast for 30-40 minutes or until soft and translucent. Toss every ten minutes or so.
  4. Place cherry tomatoes on another baking sheet and toss with 1 tsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and roast for 20-30 minutes or until slightly caramelized. Toss after 15 minutes.
  5. While eggplant and tomatoes roast, heat water for pasta and cook until al dente, reserving one cup of pasta water.
  6. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large saute pan and add onions. Saute on medium heat until just translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Add 3 cloves minced garlic to onions. Saute 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Add a splash of balsamic to taste. Off heat until other ingredients are done.
  8. When eggplant and tomatoes are done, add them, together with reserved (1 cup) pasta water to the pan with onion and garlic. Add the oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Heat together for a few minutes.
  9. Add mixture to cooked pasta, add basil, and serve.

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3 Reviews

Melanie N. October 23, 2020
I'm in the middle of making this recipe right now and I just noticed there is basil (and a lot of it!) listed in the ingredient list but it doesn't list the basil in the instructions. Where do I add this in? With the oregano?
Melanie N. October 23, 2020
Oops, I apologize. I just read through this recipe again and I see that the basil is added at the very end.
Carol P. October 23, 2020
I hope it worked out for you. How did you like it?