Farfalle with Pesto Rosso, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata

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By The Foodie Physician

Serving Size: 8 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 30 mins

  • 1 ½ lb Graffiti or Italian eggplant sliced into ½-inch slices
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • multi-grain farfalle pasta
  • 1 lb multigrain farfalle pasta (I used Barilla Plus)
  • 1 ⅓ cup pesto rosso (recipe link below)
  • 1 oz ricotta salata cheese, shaved into thin slices or grated

Ingredient Note: Click here for the recipe for pesto rosso.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the eggplant slices on a baking sheet, brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven 20 minutes until cooked, turning them over halfway through. Remove the eggplant from the oven. When cool, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 ½ cups of the pasta water.
  4. Return the hot, dry pot to the stove and heat over low heat. Add the pesto rosso and 1 cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir together to form a sauce. Add the farfalle and eggplant and toss to combine. Add more pasta water as needed. Season the pasta with salt and pepper.
  5. To serve, transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl.
  6. Garnish with the ricotta salata and basil.
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