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Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes

Pasta sauce doesn't always have to be cooked on the stove. Here, onion, tomatoes, and eggplant are roasted in the oven, which gives the dish a sweeter flavor.

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  • Servings: 6
  • Yield: Serves 6
Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes

Source: Everyday Food, November 2004


  • 1 1/2 pounds eggplant, peeled in alternating stripes and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, halved and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 pints (4 cups) cherry tomatoes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 pound whole-wheat penne, (or other short, tubular pasta)
  • 1/4 cup sliced, pitted Kalamata or oil-cured black olives
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium (11-by-15-inch) roasting pan, combine eggplant, onion, tomatoes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and oil; toss well to coat. Roast until tender, tossing mixture halfway through, about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.

  3. Add roasted eggplant mixture, olives, and Parmesan. Toss to coat, adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup reserved pasta water, if desired. Serve immediately, sprinkled with more cheese.

Reviews (5)

  • ObiW 26 Oct, 2011

    This is a very good recipe. I made it w/out olives because I had none. I know it would be great with olives, too!.

  • krainford 4 Sep, 2011

    This was delicious and very easy to make. Thank you!

  • sheryll_rufus 30 Sep, 2010

    I love this cold the next day and more grated Parmesan, sometimes ome more olive oil and a a splash of lemon juice. I always under cook my pasta a litte too.

  • poniatowska 5 Sep, 2010

    absolutely delicious and healthy. Love it!

  • turquoise67 9 Mar, 2009

    This is fantastic dish, very easy to make and it doesn't take a lot of time. Besides it is very healthy. Thank you !

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