All the prep work on my summer garden has me fixated on vegetable dishes. As I scooped more seeds from bell peppers and eggplant today, my mind drifted towards a pasta primavera for dinner. I love this dish in the summertime with fresh peppers and eggplant. You can adapt the dish based on whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand.
[Updated August 12, 2011.]
- 6 quart pot
- 8-quart pot
- 1 pound eggplant, cut into ½ inch chunks
- 1 red bell pepper (cut into ½ inch chunks)
- 1 yellow bell pepper (cut into ½ inch chunks)
- 1 orange or green bell pepper (cut into ½ inch chunks)
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium zucchini (sliced into rounds)
- 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon fresh black pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
- 6 basil leaves (torn (or 1 teaspoon dried basil))
- 16 ounces gluten-free or regular pasta (castellane, rotini, penne, rigatoni, or other similar shape)
- Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (grated, or vegan option)
- Prepare the pasta in the 8-quart pot.
- In the 6 quart pot, saute the onion in olive oil until the onion glistens. Add the garlic and saute until garlic starts turning golden.
- Add the eggplant. Saute about 8 minutes, until it starts browning. Add the bell peppers and saute until the peppers are just hot.
- Stir in the zucchini, tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are fork tender. Don’t overcook or the vegetables will be mushy.
- Drain the cooked pasta and put it back in the 8 quart pot. Add the vegetables to the pasta and stir. Let it sit for about 5 minutes or so, until the pasta absorbs some of the juices.
- Serve with fresh grated Parmesan.