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It’s pasta! (Again)

June 18, 2005

We eat a lot of pasta. Mainly because I love it so much, but also because it’s cheap and versatile. I remember the first pasta dish I ever made was tossed with sauteed zucchini and garlic, and topped with Parmesan cheese. My dad tasted it and said, “Where’s the sauce?”

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still love tossing pasta with sauteed veggies and garlic. This recipe was pretty good. I’m not an eggplant enthusiast; I like it, but it’s not my favorite thing, if that makes sense. So was this dish good? Yes! Will I make it again? Probably not. Am I still going to share it with you? Of course!

Summer Market Pasta

  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, diced
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 8 ounces spaghetti (plain or whole wheat)
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute eggplant until just tender; set aside.

In same pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil; add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and squash. Saute until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato, eggplant, and 3 tablespoons water; cook 5 minutes longer until vegetables are nicely stewed and soft. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, salt, and pepper.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; immediately toss with vegetables. Transfer to bowls; top with additional ground pepper. Shave Parmesan over pasta with a vegetable peeler; serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from Organic Style magazine.

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3 Discussion to this post
  1. Michele says:

    Would you consider making it again without the eggplant? I think I might try this …thank you!

  2. Pearl says:

    I enjoy your recipes. Very inspirational.

    I’ve tagged you for a book meme. do you want to play? http://www.pagehalffull.com/humanyms/?p=219

  3. Crystal says:

    I would definitely make it without the eggplant, Michele. I might add a zucchini or two, maybe another tomato. Mushrooms might be nice…

    And thanks, Pearl! My first tag…I’m in!

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