Cheesy Eggplant Linguine

Serving Size: 8

I saw the Barefoot Contessa make an eggplant pasta the other day and it looked not only divine, but fast and easy.  I immediately made my own version (just heavier on the veggies and lighter on the cheese) and sure enough, it was every bit as good as it looked.  Cheesy, hearty, and satisfying — perfect for a Meatless Monday meal.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 0.25 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, rough chopped
  • 1 yellow or brown onion, chopped
  • 8 Ounce white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 whole eggplant, cut into cubes
  • 4 Ounce mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
  • 28 Ounce canned whole tomatoes, (1 large can)
  • 1 Pound linguine
  • 4 Ounce fresh mozzarella, rough chopped

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add olive oil, onion, and a pinch of salt and saute for 2 minutes. Add eggplant, mushrooms, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season again with salt & pepper. Pour the juice from the canned tomatoes into the skillet, then break up the tomatoes with your fingers and add those too. Cook for another 5 minutes (while pasta is cooking), then stir in half the fresh basil and the regular mozzarella cheese cubes.
  2. While veggies are cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a small handful of salt and the noodles. Cook according to package directions (if possible, get the semi-fresh pasta that only takes 4-6 minutes), then drain and add noodles to the cooked veggies.
  3. Add a second handful of rough chopped basil and the chopped fresh mozzarella. Toss to combine, then place in a large bowl or platter and serve immediately.

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