Pasta with Eggplant and Basil Pesto

23 Aug

Trying to use up the eggplant from the csa. I had made this once before and we liked it, so I thought I’d make it again. The original recipe called to make the pesto from scratch, but I don’t have time and had some of the bottled stuff to use up… Still good.. As I was eating it though i remembered that last time I thought it was missing something well i still do, just don’t know what!

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Pasta with Eggplant and Basil Pesto
adapted from food network

Ingredients:
1/2cup pesto
1 pound short-cut pasta
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan, plus 1/2 cup
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 (1 1/2 pounds) medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water. Put the pasta into a large serving bowl and add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Toss until coated.
In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until the eggplant turns golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly. Add the pesto and toss until the eggplant is coated.
Add the eggplant mixture to the serving bowl with the pasta and toss until all of the ingredients are coated. Thin out the sauce with a little pasta water, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve.

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