Easy, quick and cheesy Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta made with chunks of eggplant, ricotta, mozzarella, tomatoes and garlic, tossed with penne pasta and baked.
I have developed a relationship of sorts with this penne pasta recipe. We meet a lot. Especially when my eggplants start to appear in my garden.
I find it kind of odd that I don’t post pasta recipes more often because, believe it or not, I make pasta at least thrice a week. My husband is a huge fan. If he could, he would live on my provencal spaghetti dish. Which reminds me, I need to share that with you. Maybe next week.
There are two things going on right now.
There’s a bee in the kitchen and I’m alone with the kids. Also, there’s Coconut Baklava sitting on my kitchen counter. The bee is buzzing all around it. She probably smelled the honey and is after me for consuming the darn thing.
Clearly, I am not going to go and fight the monster. The kids and I are downstairs, sitting in the corner, waiting for the bee to just disappear. HOW that’s going to happen, I dunno. At least I have my laptop with me so I can finish up my post. And Tangled is on repeat.
If you don’t hear from me in two days, send the bee keepers. Or firemen. I’m scurred. For reals. I don’t like being this close to a bee.
But, here’s what I want you to know about this pasta; It’s pretty amazing.
Why is it amazing?! Because it contains handfuls of shredded mozzarella and a whole tub of rrrricotta. Roll the “r” when you say that – sounds more authentic, ya know. Also, the few cloves of garlic make it that much better. Of course the eggplant. And the basil. And the tomatoes. This can go on forever – I mind as well give you the recipe. 😉
I should also add that this recipe makes a lot. If you don’t like leftovers, call the neighbors over for dinner. 🙂
Hope you are having a fantastic Sunday!
Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta
- 1 box (1-pound) penne pasta
- butter for baking dish
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 small eggplants , washed and diced into 1-inch cubes.
- salt and pepper , to taste
- 1 can (28-ounces) diced tomatoes, do not drain
- 1 tub (15-ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese , divided
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Cook penne pasta for 6 minutes; drain.
- While pasta is cooking, butter a 13x9 baking dish; set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Stir in diced eggplant, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook over medium-high heat until tender, about 7 minutes; stirring occasionally
- Mix in tomatoes and cook until heated through; about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in ricotta and 1 cup shredded mozzarella.
- Pour pasta into prepared baking dish and mix in the eggplant mixture and basil; mix until thoroughly combined.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Let cool for 5 minutes.