Pennoni with Grilled Eggplant, Mint, and Burrata
Grilling the eggplants amps up their smoky flavor. Burrata (a cream-filled mozzarella) melts into the warm pasta, binding the ingredients together to make a silky sauce.
Penne alla Norma
This classic Sicilian pasta dish combines eggplant, tomatoes, and basil. Put a dollop of ricotta cheese on each plate to stir in for a creamy consistency.
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.
Eggplant and Roasted-Pepper Pasta
We love the combination of smoky roasted peppers and garlicky sauteed eggplant in this pasta dish that can be served hot, warm, or at room temperature.
Ravioli with Roasted Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Capers
This easy weeknight riff on pasta alla Norma upgrades store-bought cheese ravioli by tossing it with a mix of roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes, shallots, and capers.
In this vegetarian lasagna with no-boil noodles, silky eggplant and umami-rich cremini mushrooms take the place of the meat and serve as delicious foils for three kinds of cheese: mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs"
Spaghetti and meatballs has multigenerational appeal, even when it goes vegetarian. A blend of eggplant and white beans provides the protein. Cheese, garlic, and oregano are the familiar-flavor agents; breadcrumbs and egg bind them together. A quick trip under the broiler browns the tops and sides, then plunk!—into the gravy they go.
Stir-Fried Noodles with Eggplant and Basil
Instead of eggplant, you can also use thinly sliced zucchini or shiitake mushrooms in the tasty Asian dish.
Oven-roasted zucchini and eggplant provide a seasonal backdrop for more-familiar lasagna trappings.