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Rigatoni with Eggplant

No recipe image available.Rigatoni pasta tossed with an Italian-style tomato sauce with cubes of eggplant, onion and fresh basil.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 small eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup water
1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes including juice
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 pound rigatoni or other large tubular pasta
Ricotta cheese for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large deep heavy skillet heat oil over medium-high heat and sauté onion, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add eggplant and salt and sauté, stirring frequently, until eggplant is lightly browned.
  2. Add 1/2 cup water to eggplant mixture and cook, covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, adding more water, 1/4 cup at a time, if mixture becomes dry, until eggplant is tender, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice and simmer for 5 minutes, or until mixture has a sauce-like consistency. Stir in garlic and basil and season with salt.
  3. While sauce is simmering, cook pasta al dente (firm to the bite) according to package directions. Drain well and add cooked pasta to sauce. Toss to combine. Top with a dollop of ricotta per individual serving, if desired.

Makes 2 servings.