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Serve this rustic, country-style pasta warm with cheese as a side dish or cold as a pasta salad.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Rigatoni with Eggplant and Dried Tomato Pesto

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Directions

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  • Cut onion into 8 wedges. Place in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Roast in a 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

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  • Cut stem end off eggplant; discard. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise. Brush with remaining olive oil. Stir onion; place eggplant in pan, cut sides down. Continue roasting for 15 minutes more or until onion is golden brown and eggplant is just tender.

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  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Toss the cooked pasta with Dried Tomato Pesto and pepper.

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  • Transfer pasta to a serving bowl; keep warm. Transfer eggplant to a cutting board; using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. (Use a fork to steady eggplant as you slice.) Toss eggplant and onion with pasta; season to taste with salt. Top with cheese and Italian parsley, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 side-dish servings or 4 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts (Rigatoni with Eggplant and Dried Tomato Pesto)

249 calories; 13 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 75 mg sodium. 29 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 5 g protein; 6 mg vitamin c; 10 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

Dried Tomato Pesto

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  • Drain oil-packed dried tomatoes, reserving oil. Add olive oil to equal 1/2 cup; set aside. In a food processor bowl or blender container, combine the drained tomatoes; garlic, chopped; pine nuts or slivered almonds; basil ; and salt. Cover and process or blend until finely chopped. With machine running, gradually add the 1/2 cup oil, processing or blending until almost smooth and stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Divide pesto into thirds. Use a third for Rigatoni with Eggplant and refrigerate the remaining 2 portions up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Makes approximately three 1/3-cup portions.

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