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Easy 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

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.

Cook's Notes

Whole-wheat pasta contains more fiber and is slightly chewier and nuttier tasting than regular pasta.

Reviews Add a comment

  • 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!.
  • krain2165604
    4 SEP, 2011
    This was delicious and very easy to make. Thank you!
  • MS12157780
    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 !