Rigatoni with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Spicy Sausage

Saturday , 16, November 2013 Leave a comment

Rigatoni with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Spicy Sausage

Looking for a spicy Pasta dish? This Rigatoni is packed full of delicious flavors. ūüôā

Add a dollop of Ricotta …yum…

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Eggplant.. cut into ¬ĺ‚Ä≥ cubes
  • 1 small yellow Onion…minced
  • 5 cloves Garlic…minced
  • 1 lb. Spicy Italian Sausage… casing removed
  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled San Marzano Tomatoes, undrained and crushed
  • 1 tsp. crushed Red¬†Pepper Flakes
  • 16 fresh Basil leaves… torn
  • 1 box Rigatoni
  • Kosher salt and Black Pepper.. to taste
  • Pecorino Romano… grated

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 500¬į.
  • Put Eggplant into a bowl and drizzle with 2 tbsp.¬† Olive¬† Oil. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer Eggplant to baking sheet and bake.. turning occasionally.. until soft.. about 20 minutes.
  • Heat remaining Oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add Onion and cook… stirring, until soft…not browned
  • Add¬†Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic.. cook until garlic softens.. about 3 minutes.
  • Add Sausage and¬†cook.. breaking up into small pieces until browned.
  • Add Tomatoes and half the Basil.. season with salt..cook until heated through.. about 5 minutes.
  • Cook Rigatoni..
  • Drain Pasta and¬†add to Tomato Sauce Mixture
  • Stir in Eggplant and toss to combine.
  • Stir in remaining Basil and season with Salt.
  • Transfer pasta to a serving bowl¬†and garnish with Pecorino.

Recipe courtesy of Saveur

 Rigatoni with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Spicy Sausage

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