Penne with Eggplant

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures When we were in Italy we ate pizza and pasta for just about every single meal. But a lot of the pasta was different then what we are used to here. My favorite part of most pasta dishes is the sauce. I really could care less about the pasta. But the pastas we had in Italy didn’t have a ton of sauce. The pasta was just lightly coated in the sauce but it was still super flavorful. And the sauces were different then what we usually make at home.  Cliff had one with broccoli and sausage that he loved, loved, loved and another one with zucchini that he really liked.  I am boring and I pretty much ordered gnocchi everywhere I went!

While we were in Italy both Kelly and Cliff ordered a pasta dish with eggplant. It was so good and we knew we needed to replicate it when we got home. And that is just what we did! Eggplant is not a vegetable that we eat a lot. In fact, I don’t think that I had ever cooked eggplant before. And I have only actually eaten it a handful of times. But we all really liked this dish and we will definitely be making it again. And each time we can eat it we can pretend we are back in Italy!

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Here is what you’ll need. Actually, you only need 1 can of tomatoes.

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Chop up your eggplant into bite sized pieces. Do not peel.

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Saute the eggplant with olive oil

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Remove the eggplant and chop up your garlic and onion

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Saute until fragrant

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Add the crushed tomatoes

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Allow to simmer about 15 minutes

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Add the eggplant back to the skillet

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Add the penne and season to taste

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Add in the fresh mozzarella and allow it to almost melt into the pasta

Penne with Eggplant recipe pictures

Enjoy with a glass of wine and just imagine you are in Italy!

Source: Inspired by Sorrento!

Comments

  1. says

    I love veggies as the main dish. This is something I will have to make for lunch on the 25th. I am in love with tomatoes! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lisa says

    Loved this pasta dish! I tried out this recipe for my New Year’s Eve dinner and it was so delicious! It was very easy and perfect since one of my guests was a vegetarian. I also added a little red pepper flake to the sauce for an added kick. Thanks for this great recipe.

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