Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Ricotta

In our house Sunday is a day of rest. We really don’t want to go anywhere if we don’t have to. We like to lounge at home in our sweats and watch a movie or two. The greatest thing about lounging around on a Sunday is the smell of whatever is cooking for dinner.

I encourage everyone to slow down on Sunday and enjoy dinner with your family.  Especially if it involves pasta and eggplant! Sometimes if we’re lucky we get to have dinner with my parents. A few weeks ago we had my parents over for Sunday dinner and I made rigatoni with roasted eggplant and ricotta. So delicious.

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Rigatoni with Roasted Eggplant and Ricotta

Ingredients

  • 3 eggplants(I used a variety:  one regular eggplant, one Sicilian eggplant and one Japanese eggplant)
  • EVOO
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2- 28 oz.cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 pounds of rigatoni
  • 1 cup of grated cheese(pecorino romano)
  • A big bunch of fresh basil shredded
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to roast 400 degrees.
  • Remove the skin from the eggplant if using regular eggplant.
  • Chop eggplant into bite sized pieces.
  • Heavily coat a baking sheet with olive oil and toss the eggplant in the olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for about 25 minutes or until nice and browned. Turn the eggplant a couple of times while cooking. (I usually do this in the morning and the rest as dinner time gets closer)
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
  • In a large skillet heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over a medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook until golden. Add the crushed tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Season lightly with salt. (This is one of my favorite simple sauces. So easy, but so amazing!)     
  • Cook sauce on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the rigatoni to the boiling water and cook per directions on the box.
  • Drain the pasta and return it to the large pot it was cooking in.
  • Add about a 1/2 cup of sauce to coat the pasta.
  • Add a cup of grated cheese and basil.
  • Stir in the roasted eggplant.
  • Slowly add the ricotta and toss lightly.
  • Add a little more sauce if needed.

Enjoy!

 

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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