Linguine with Ratatouille Sauce

Serving Size: 4

The vegetables that make up traditional Provençal ratatouille—eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers—all go particularly well with basil. We've turned them into a pasta sauce that can also be served on polenta or on a hero with sausages.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 0.75 Pound linguine
  • 2 tsp wine vinegar
  • 1.67 cup canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (one 15-ounce can)
  • 0.5 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1.25 tsp salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 zucchini (about 1/2 pound), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 small eggplant (about 1/2 pound), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 onion, cut into thin slices
  • 0.5 cup plus 2 tablespoons thin-sliced basil leaves

Directions

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the eggplant, zucchini, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the tomatoes and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vinegar.
  3. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the linguine until just done, about 12 minutes. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta-cooking water. Drain the pasta and toss with the vegetables, the 1/2 cup basil, and, if the pasta seems too dry, some of the reserved pasta-cooking water. Serve topped with the 2 tablespoons basil.

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Recipe Credit: Quick From Scratch Herbs & Spices
Image Credit: Kristin Gladney