Sun 10 May 2015
This pasta dish from Martha Stewart Living is quick and tasty. Roast eggplant and tomatoes, sauté some sausage meat and then combine with cooked pasta, olives and cheese. Cook’s note: Smaller Japanese eggplants are best for this dish; if you can’t find them, slice a larger eggplant crosswise and then cut into coin-sized pieces.
Avoiding Additives and Preservatives
Use sausage and olives with no additives or preservatives and cheese that does not contain colour.
4 cups (1 L) cherry tomatoes, preferably a mix of red, orange, and yellow
4 Japanese eggplants, cut crosswise into ½ -inch (1.27 cm) rounds
4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound (450 g) penne
4 links sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup (250 ml) pitted Kalamata olives
½ cup (125 ml) grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for serving
Small fresh basil leaves, for serving
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C). Divide tomatoes, eggplants, and garlic between two rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil; season with salt. Toss to combine, then spread in a single layer. Roast until eggplants are tender and browned in spots, about 25 minutes.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Cook pasta 2 minutes less than instructed on package. Drain, reserving 1 cup (250 ml) pasta water.
Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan over medium-high. Cook sausage, breaking it into small pieces, until browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add reserved pasta water; cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan, until almost evaporated.
In a large bowl, combine eggplant mixture, sausage, olives, pasta, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Top with basil and serve immediately, with more cheese alongside. Serves 4.
From the March 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Living