Rigatoni and Eggplant with Dried Tomato Pesto

Almost any small pasta will do in this roasted eggplant recipe that is tossed with a saucy tomato pesto.

3 users rated this recipe an average rating of 3.5
  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Bake: 25 mins 425°F
  • Start to Finish: 35 mins
Rate me!

Rigatoni and Eggplant with Dried Tomato Pesto
medium onion, cut into 8 wedges
tablespoons olive oil
medium eggplant (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise
cups dried rigatoni or penne (6 ounces) or 6 ounces dried fusilli
cup purchased dried tomato pesto of 1/3 recipe Dried Tomato Pesto
teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
tablespoons crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese (optional)
  1. Place the onion wedges in a large shallow baking pan; brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Roast onion in a 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes; stir. Brush the eggplant halves with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place eggplant in pan, cut sides down. Roast 15 minutes more or until onion is golden brown and eggplant is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Add pesto and pepper to pasta; stir gently to coat. Transfer pasta to a warm serving dish; keep warm.
  3. Cut eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Gently stir eggplant and onion into pasta; season to taste with salt. If desired, top with cheese.
  4. Makes 4 servings
Dried Tomato Pesto
cup oil-packed dried tomatoes
olive oil
cup pine nuts or slivered almonds
cup snipped fresh basil
teaspoon salt
cloves garlic, chopped
  1. Drain oil-packed dried tomatoes, reserving oil. Add enough olive oil to make 1/2 cup; set aside. Place tomatoes, pine nuts or slivered almonds, snipped fresh basil, salt, and garlic in a food processor. Cover; process until finely chopped. With machine running, gradually add the 1/2 cup oil, processing until almost smooth. Divide pesto into three portions. Chill extra portions for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts (Rigatoni and Eggplant with Dried Tomato Pesto)
    Per serving:
  • 370 kcal cal.,
  • 19 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 13 g monounsatured fat),
  • 121 mg sodium,
  • 43 g carb.,
  • 5 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Your Comment: