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Penne with Eggplant Puree

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  • 4 Servings
  • 45 Minutes
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Introduction

If you are a big fan of eggplant and you are looking for another way to prepare it, you might like this recipe.  The eggplant is roasted along with garlic and tomatoes and then pureed and used as the sauce for pasta.  I can't take credit for this, the credit goes to Giada De Laurentiis.

Penne with Eggplant Puree!

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the eggplant, cherry tomatoes, garlic, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Spread the vegetables out in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven until the vegetables are tender and the eggplant is golden, about 35 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, place the pine nuts in a small baking dish. Place in the oven on the rack below the vegetables. Roast until golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and reserve.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta into a large bowl and reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.
  5. Transfer the roasted vegetables to a food proscessor. Add the torn mint leaves, pine nuts and the rest of the olive oil. Puree the vegetables.
  6. Transfer the pureed vegetables to the bowl with the pasta and add the Parmesan. Stir to combine, adding the pasta cooking liquid 1/2 cup at a time until the pasta is saucy.

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