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D Roasted Eggplant, Crisp Garlic, And Basil Pasta

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D Roasted Eggplant, Crisp Garlic, And Basil Pasta
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Makes: 6 servings adjust

Directions

Ingredients

  • 8 medium Japanese Eggplant
  • 6 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Thyme, stripped
  • Salt and Pepper

Step 1

Heat oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Slice baby eggplant lengthwse or cut larger eggplant into 1-inch cubes then combine with half of the olive oil and the thyme or oregano. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and toss to combine. Spread on a silicone baking mat or foil-lined baking sheet in one even layer and roast, stirring a few times, until soft and golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium Garlic Clove, thinly sliced
  • 14 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 medium Tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

Step 2

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. In a large frying pan, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add garlic and cook until garlic is crisp, golden brown, and fragrant. Remove garlic to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Return pan with olive oil to the stove over medium heat and add the tomatoes and vinegar, sugar, season with salt, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Spaghetti

Step 3

Meanwhile, when the water boils, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain pasta. Set aside. Add eggplant to pasta sauce and simmer until heated through. Taste, and, add more vinegar is sauce is sweet, or, as needed, add sugar to make the sauce sweeter.

Ingredients

  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil, thinly sliced

Step 4

Add reserved pasta to pasta sauce and stir to coat. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water and stir until each piece of pasta is just coated with the sauce. Add additional pasta water as needed to help the sauce coat the pasta. Remove from heat, top with cheese, basil, and crisp garlic and season with additional salt and pepper, as desired. Finish pasta with a drizzle of additional olive oil and serve.
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