Grilling vegetables brings out the flavors of this pasta main dish. Grill vegetables in large pieces; then chop and toss with pasta.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a bowl combine basil, feta cheese, pine nuts, garlic, jalapeno pepper, and lemon peel. Set aside.

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  • Prepare spaghetti according to package directions. Drain. Toss pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Cover and keep warm.

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  • Meanwhile, prepare vegetables. If using leeks, trim root end and tough green leaves; halve leeks lengthwise and wash thoroughly. If using onions, cut into 3/4-inch slices. If using eggplant, peel if desired, and cut into 3/4-inch slices. If using zucchini, halve lengthwise. Brush vegetables with olive oil or cooking oil.

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  • Heat a nonstick or well-seasoned grill pan on stovetop over medium heat until hot. Add half the eggplant, onions, and tomatoes to grill pan; grill about 5 minutes per side or until brown and tender. Repeat with remaining vegetables.

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  • Cut vegetables into bite-size chunks. On a large platter swirl pasta with a fork to make a large nest, or divide pasta among 4 plates. Transfer vegetable mixture from cutting board to pasta nests. Sprinkle feta mixture over all. Makes 4 servings.

For tabletop grill:

Preheat grill according to manufacturers directions. Grill leeks or onions, eggplant, and tomato slices on grill until eggplant and onion are tender and tomato is heated through. If using a covered grill, close lid. For covered grill, allow 5 to 6 minutes for leeks, 4 to 5 minutes for eggplant and onion, and 2 to 3 minutes for tomatoes. (For open grill, allow 12 to 14 minutes for leeks, 8 to 10 minutes for eggplant, and 4 to 5 minutes for tomatoes, turning once.)

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; 18 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 11 g monounsaturated fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 458 mg sodium. 419 mg potassium; 43 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 10 g protein; 1118 IU vitamin a; 22 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 3 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 129 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 131 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

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