Throughout all this craziness of falling in and out of love with Straight-upBananas for the past 4 months, one thing has remained constant. I still love to cook, and I still looooove to eat — it’s just somewhere in the middle, the whole sharing bit that has me feeling a bit confused.
Yesterday’s easy, quick lunch was one of my favorite go-tos when I don’t know what to have, or my fridge is starting to run on low…pasta!
This pasta dish is garlicky, creamy and oh-so slurping good!
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or a full-on omnivore, this recipe could be tweaked for any kind of quick lunch, dinner or even breakfast (who are you kidding, we all know at some point we’ve had something not very breakfast-y for breakfast — don’t lie).
- Any type of whole-wheat pasta (I like OrganicLarder)
- 4 cloves of garlic, diced
- 1 medium-sized eggplant, sliced
- 2 chopped tomatoes
- A splash of apple cider vinegar (or a squeeze of lemon)
- Sea salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- Chopped dill, basil, or thyme (whichever you like best, or have in your fridge)
- A sprinkle of good-quality crumbled feta cheese (if not vegan)
Here’s how to make it
- First, make sure you put about 2 liters of water with a nice amount of sea salt to boil for every two portions of pasta (the equation for the correct ratio per person still eludes me. That photo up there was enough for about 3 people, but I ate all of it…alone.)
- Second, in a large pan, dry fry* (no oil) your eggplant till it gets nice and nearly charred.
- Then, add your olive oil to the eggplant, and fry up the garlic till nice and golden. Then, add the tomatoes and vinegar or lemon and let the tomatoes stew up nicely and medium-high heat.
- To the boiling water, add the pasta and cook as the instructions direct (usually about 7-9 minutes).
- Add some of the starchy pasta water to the sauce in your saucepan and cook for a few more minutes with the sauce till it get’s nice and creamy and reduces. Add the dill to the sauce.
- Drain the cooked pasta, and add it to the sauce and mix well.
- Then, serve the pasta with its sauce, and taste it. Add salt and pepper (keeping in mind that your feta cheese will add a dimension of salt to the dish. So do not overdo the salt).
- Serve in a plate and crumble some feta on top. If you’re feeling extra frisky and have the time, you could even add some chopped up Greek Kalamata olives to the sauce (again, watch the salt).
*The reason I like to ‘dry’ fry my eggplants is that eggplants tend to act like a sponge when it comes to absorbing oil or water. When you sort of toast them in the pan, they cook through without absorbing the olive oil–making the sauce a lot lighter and less greasy.
I love this recipe. The flavor is so mousakka-ish, but minus the fried eggplants, and the time-consuming assembly. Plus there’s slurpy pasta there, so that’s a win if I ever did see one — no?
Give this recipe a shot, and give me a little shout out. Did you like it? Did you friggin hate it? Either way, I’d love to hear from you.
And since you’re here…why not follow me on Instagram, too?