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Baked Pasta and Eggplant

Source: Outdoor Entertaining
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 20 Minutes
  Serves 6
For Eggplants:
3 small eggplants, each 2 inches in diameter
For Tomato Sauce:
2 lb very ripe tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
2 cups olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped basil
For Pasta:
1 lb macaroni
4 oz spicy salami, diced
4 oz mozzarella cheese, diced
2/3 cup finely grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese  
2-3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
Baked Pasta and Eggplant Recipe at
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

FOR EGGPLANTS: Wipe the eggplants and cut into 1/4-in slices. Spread on a plate and sprinkle with salt. Set aside for 15 minutes for the salt to draw off any bitter juices. Grease a pie dish with a little olive oil. Heat the remaining 1-3/4 cups oil in a wide pan. Rinse and thoroughly dry the eggplant slices. Fry in the oil until lightly colored and softened.

FOR TOMATO SAUCE: Chop the tomatoes. In a frying-pan, saute with garlic in 3 tablespoons of the oil until very soft and pulpy, then add about 3/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper, sugar and herbs and cook for 5 minutes.

FOR PASTA: Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and 1 tablespoon oil and boil until tender but still firm. Drain well and place in a mixing bowl. Add the salami, mozzarella, Parmesan and the tomato sauce. Set aside.

TO ASSEMBLE: Arrange the eggplant slices overlapping each other, to completely line the pie dish. Place the sliced eggs over the layer of eggplant, then pour in the macaroni and press any remaining eggplant on top. Bake for about 30 minutes, remove from the oven and let stand for about 7 minutes before turning on a serving dish.

Cut into wedges and serve. Pass around additional grated Parmesan or pecorino and serve a green salad to accompany the dish.

NOTE: The eggplant can be fried in advance. Store in the refrigerator, layered with plastic wrap to prevent the slices from sticking together. Make the tomato sauce up to 3 days in advance.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 1171
Fat. Total: 86g
Fiber: 8g
Carbohydrates, Total: 77g
Sodium: 502mg
% Cal. from Fat: 66%
Cholesterol: 105mg
Protein: 27g
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