This sauce makes a LOT, and the eggplant and red pepper add even more to the mix. I always end up freezing at least half of this (without the pasta). You can leave this as a meatless meal, or an option that I like it to add some already-cooked slices of chicken sausage to the final simmer. Thanks again to the fabulous Katie for a sweet, spicy, and delicious meal!
Spicy Eggplant and Red Pepper Pasta
from Good Things Catered
Makes about 6 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium eggplant (about 8-10 inches in length), chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
2 large red peppers, sliced into 1 1/2 - 2 inch pieces
1 pound penne (8 ounces if you are freezing half of the sauce)
One batch Spicy Red Pepper sauce, prepared ahead (recipe below)
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese shavings, if desired
In large stock pot with salted water, cook pasta according to manufacturers directions to just al dente.
In large non-stick pan (important with the eggplant) heat oil over medium high heat. Add eggplant and cook, stirring constantly, until beginning to become tender, about 10 minutes. Add red pepper and continue sauteing until peppers become crisp tender, about 3-5 minutes.
Add prepared pasta sauce and stir to combine, bringing to a slight simmer. Add pasta, stir to combine, add parsley and Parmesan cheese as garnish and serve immediately.
If you want to freeze half, divide right after you add the sauce to the eggplant/red pepper mixture:
Spicy Red Pepper Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 large red peppers, roasted (24-ounce jar of roasted red peppers)
1 large (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, lightly drained and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed chili peppers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Pulse roasted red peppers in food processor until relatively smooth and set aside.
In large stock pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add diced onion and cook until translucent and just beginning to brown. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pureed red peppers and chopped tomatoes and heat until starting to bubble.
Turn heat to a simmer and add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Simmer until begins to bubble and serve.