Penne Pasta alla Norma Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

A classic is transformed into a baked vegetarian dish – with all the delicious flavors of pasta alla Norma.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Halve each eggplant lengthwise. Using sharp knife, score cut sides 1/2-inch deep in crisscross pattern; brush with 1 tbsp oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place eggplants, cut sides down, on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling water, cook pasta for about 10 minutes or until almost cooked; drain and set aside.
  4. Using spoon, scoop out center of each eggplant, leaving 1/4-inch border to create shells for stuffing. Chop eggplant pulp.
  5. Heat remaining oil in large skillet set over medium heat; cook onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until starting to soften. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 1 minute. Stir in chopped eggplant, tomatoes and chili flakes; bring to boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until sauce is thickened and almost no liquid remains. Add pasta, tossing until heated through and coated in sauce. Stir in 1/4 cup basil.
  7. Scoop pasta mixture into eggplant shells. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan over top. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and cheese is melted. Garnish with remaining basil.

Tip: Be sure to cook eggplant until very tender. When eggplant is under-cooked, it has an unpleasant spongy texture.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 300 calories, 10 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 11 g protein

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

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