Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Pasta

2 collection of different sized eggplants (roughly the amount of two large eggplants)

 

4 cups sweet tomatoes

1 small-medium onion, diced

6 large cloves garlic, peeled + sliced

a big handful fresh basil (leaving some for garnish)

fresh oregano and thyme (optional, but recommended)

1-2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

olive oil (optional)

salt + pepper

your favorite pasta

 

How to:

-set oven to broil

-slice eggplants in half, lengthwise and place on roasting sheet

-place in oven and broil until completely blackened (see photo below)*

-while eggplants are roasting, place your tomatoes on tray. quarter larger tomatoes, if using. add half your garlic to tray, and a few leaves of basil. drizzle in olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss around, coating everything well.

-now the fun part, with a large spoon or fork, begin scooping out the eggplant flesh. It's okay if a bit of skin makes it's way into the dish, but you want o make sure you're getting as much of the very soft, tender eggplant as you can. The longer you roast the eggplant, the creamier it will be! So don't be afraid to 'overcook' it a bit! Scoop it all up and leave on see until ready to use. discard skins.

-add to oven and broil until tomatoes and tender, blistered, and juicy. 

-heat a large heavy bottom pot on medium heat 

-begin sautéing onions, stirring frequently to not burn

-once onions are softened, add the remaining garlic, and fresh herbs, and give the pot a stir. 

-add your eggplant to the pot, and approximately 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup at time. Stirring and continuing to soften the eggplant even more. 

-this is where t's a bit more lengthy, but easy-- you want to connote stirring and cooking your eggplant for another 10 minutes or so, then lower heat, add lid to top and steam for another 5 minutes or so.

-add tomatoes, garlic, and roasted basil to pot, stir.

-add salt + pepper to taste

-add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar. This will add an extra kick of sweetness and acid to the dish. I'd add one tablespoon first, mix and taste and the decide if you want to add more or not! Acid levels are very person to your taste buds! :) 

-add a handful of fresh chopped herbs

-and toss with favorite pasta! 

 

Voila!