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Penne with Provencal Eggplant and Sweet Peppe

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Category: Side Dishes, Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • 2 md Eggplants; unpeeled and cut
  • -into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 c Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 2 md Onions; sliced
  • 3 Red, green or gold sweet
  • -peppers; thinly sliced
  • 4 Garlic cloves; pressed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ts Dried Italian spices
  • 1 lb Penne (quill-shaped tubes)
  • 1 1/2 c Firmly packed chopped fresh
  • -basil
  • Fresh basil leaves for
  • -garnish


Place eggplant cubes in a shallow baking pan; toss with 1/3 cup olive oil,
sprinkle with salt to taste, and bake at 400 deg until cubes are soft but
still hold their shape, about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Heat 1/4 cup olive ol in a large heavy frying pan; add onions and sweet
peppers and cook over very low heat until vegetables are quite tender and
slightly caramellized, about 35 to 45 minutes. Stir in garlic and salt and
pepper to taste. Cook 5 minutes longer.

Combine the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, Italian spices, and salt and
pepper to taste. Whisk and reserve.

Cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water until al dente.
Drain and rinse well in cold water, then drain again.
With a sharp knife, diagonally slice each piece of pasta in half
crosswise. Toss in a large bowl with onion mixture and reserve dressing.

Toss eggplant cubes and chopped basil with pasta.
Garnish with basil leaves.

Serves 6 to 8 as a first course, 10 to 12 as a salad.
Good side dish with barbecued tofu.

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