Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Farfalle with Eggplant Marinara Sauce

Dear All,
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I have been experimenting a lot with different sauces and dips which can be used with pastas and pizzas. So stay tuned as lots of different pasta recipes will be coming up in next few weeks. One such successfull experiment was Rachel Ray's Eggplant Marinara Sauce. Initially I was little skeptical about this sauce as eggplant in a pasta sauce? I have  prepared curries using eggplant but never a sauce! Some googling and i landed on Pavani's version of eggplant pasta sauce, with such grt reviews I had to give it a try! Pasta are really easy, quick and extremely versatile in nature. You can have them baked, boiled and even rooasted! I love to prepare my pasta sauce at home, even if it takes 15 to 20 mins more, i think its totally worth it!

Most of the pasta sauces you can prepare in advance and freeze them, later on use them whenever required. I like to freeze my basic tomato sauce as it works well with both pizza and pasta and its a real life savior when I come back from long day of work! I also love to add pasta to my soups which makes them more healthier and fulfilling! The best part of pastas is that they are one pot meals extremely easy and no compromise on health and taste!
This is off to Presto Pasta Nights guest hosted this week by Rachel of The Crispy Cook an event started by Ruth Daniels of Once Upon A Feast
Eggplant Marinara Sauce
My Version of Eggplant Marinara Sauce:
For Roasting: 
2 big eggplants
2 medium tomatoes chopped
Salt and Pepper to drizzle


For Sauce:
1 can crushed tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes finely chopped
1 red jalapeno, finely chopped
2 medium red onions finely chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika flakes(optional)
Salt and Pepper as per taste
1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (optional)


Pasta:
2 cups farfalle pasta
4 cups water
1 tsp oil
1 tsp salt

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Procedure:
  • Cook the pasta with water, oil and salt. Drain and keep aside.
  • Slice the eggplants into halves, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper. Roast the eggplants at 200 degrees C for about 45 mins, until tender and golden brown.
  • Half way through, spread the chopped tomatoes besides the eggplants on the same baking dish, sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper too.
  • At the end of 45 mins both eggplants and tomatoes will be roasted. Remove and keep aside to cool. Mash them nicely using your hands or a fork.
  • In a pan or skillet, heat a tbsp of olive oil, add in onions and jalapenos. Saute them for 3 to 4 mins until soft. Now add in the crushed tomatoes, mashed and roasted eggplants and tomato mixture. Mix well.
  • Add in vinegar and season with salt and pepper if required.I also added 1 tsp of paprika flakes to give a spicy kick.
  • Cook the sauce for 15 to 20 mins on slow-medium heat, until everything is well blended.
  • Finally add in freshly chopped parsley and serve hot with pasta.




86 comments:

  1. I love how roasted eggplant adds a tangy flavor to marinara sauce. This particular recipe looks mighty tasty and I thank you for submitting for this week's Pasta Presto Nights!

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  2. Love the color and the flavor of roasted eggplant!Superb pic,Parita:)

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  3. Woow!! Looks amazing!! I must do this.

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  4. What a great blend of flavours!

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  5. this looks awesome Parita, I love eggplant in pasta sauce yummy

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  6. Wow... looks wonderful and very inviting Pari :-)

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  7. Lovely sauce wuill try it soon....u kno na i try nd get bac for u will do the same :)

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  8. this sauce is new to me ....loved ur presentation....will try it sometimes, haven't made pasta for long.
    BTW I like ur new template soo much, was wondering how did u do it? I also want to add 3 columns new template, but what I understood, that I will loose all my comments...and widgets as well :(( don't want to loose all the encouraging comments of my blog buddies so never dared to try

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  9. Love thick sauces with pasta. Adding eggplant to plain marinara is such a neat idea!

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  10. Wow!! It looks Fabulous!!!
    Lovely Lay out too!!! :)

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  11. Eggplant marinara sauce sounds amazing with pasta! Great recipe!

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  12. WOW!!! Just drooling at the picture itself Parita.

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  13. I too saw the same RR recipe and I was also not sure whether eggplant will go well with pasta...after seeing that awesome picture...I think its time for me to make eggplant marinara sauce :)

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  14. Wow looking very colourful & Extra-ordinary paritha....... 1 plate parcel pls.....

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  15. Pls collect ur Awards from my blog dear....

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  16. Great pics. The combo looks really KOOOL.

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  17. Yumm yummm yummmmmm.. sure to be my next try.. looks awesome.. :)

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  18. nice try ! never tried any dishes with pasta.Not a big fan of it too.Urs is looking colorful & yumm...

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  19. The sauce sure is tempting. I get Racheal Ray's mails and wonder if they would work to an Indian palette.Now I guess I should try the sauce too.

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  20. OO!! look at the picture.. so professional! I love this recipe:) one of my Fav too :) Looks totally tempting Parita.

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  21. This is something new to me...i dont like pasta,but ur pic is really tempting...very colorful too..

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  22. this sauce looks delicious. I am game for anything with eggplant and a pasta sauce with eggplant is very welcome. I saw Jacques Pepin make pasta with eggplant and that was delicious looking.

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  23. Hmmm...seems interesting and for me :) I love the tongue tickling dishes like this, I saw most of the ingredients aha! seems reachable ;) thanks shall try it sometime, shall pick up baingans specially to make this one :)nice snaps
    TC

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  24. Awesome. Eggplants are one of my favorite veggies ever. I recently made a sauce with it, too. Yours turned out great. I've got a craving for pasta all of the sudden. Yum!!!!

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  25. I too have never tried Eggplant in pasta. After reading your post, I feel like trying this. Looks lovely to me.

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  26. so tempting..mouthwatering one..nice presentation

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  27. I absolutely love eggplants in my pasta sauces, they are probably my favourite! Thanks for sharing with us the results of your experimenting.

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  28. Parita, the sauce makes me so hungry........
    Do you think I can do the same with the zucchini? Just bought 1 kg of them...

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  29. hey pari!! vat a perfect idea you have used in this pasta sauce.. m rili gonna try this.. egg plant is among my favorites! :)

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  30. Wow what a healthy and delicious pasta dish!

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  31. Wow gorgeous dish...feel like finishing that plate immediately Parita, will try this definitely..

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  32. Parita, I must say the pictures are beautiful..they look more professional too..my kid love bow-tie pasta..just for the shape..I too add marinara sauce to it..for that superb flavor..this time will it your way, using eggplant..

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  33. I love eggplant in my pasta sauce. I'm glad you like it too! Your dish looks very delicious.

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  34. Eggplant and pasta are a delicious pairing! This looks lovely!

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  35. I've never had eggplant in marinara sauce, but I LOVE the eggplant/tomato combination. I bet this sauce is delicious!

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  36. What beautiful colours and flavours! I'm definitely cooking this for my next vegetarian dinner party :)

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  37. This is one my to go pasta sauces. Well done Parita!!!

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  38. Slurp! I'd like to like that sauce away from the bowl! I'd gobble up farfelle too!

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  39. yummy.. the photos looks lovely parita

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  40. I have to try this out!! Looks absolutely gorgeous. Parita love your new photo style:-)

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  41. wonderful click....look delicious.

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  42. thats a unusual interesting combination eggplant and pasta..sounds so good and yumm..and i should say brilliant pictures...

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  43. Roasted eggplant.. looks great parita..! Delicious!

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  44. lovely photos..i don't like eggplant.but i feel like grabbing this one. :-)

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  45. I love eggplant, but never tried it in pasta sauce. Looks so tempting.

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  46. Wow Parita! This looks absolutely delish! Gotta try eggplant with pasta .. no .. this recipe I must say. :-)

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  47. Wow thats looking awesome paritha... tempting plate.

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  48. Parita,
    when you said Racheal Ray , i knew it this is going to be one great meal :)....
    well i am also skeptical about adding eggplant to pasta ..but you are giving me so much inspiration with this delicious looking dish ,that i have to try it now:)...thanks for sharing
    hugs and smiles

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  49. Yummy! i love anything to do with eggplant.

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  50. Beautiful presentation, drooling over the picture.

    I am using zaptino font on my picture Parita.

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  51. Hey Parita!!!
    Please accept the awards waiting for you in my blog!!!

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  52. WOW!!!!!!!!......This looks sooooooo delicious paritha.....great presentation!!!

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  53. I can't even imagine if one can make sauce using eggplant. For me its a great discovery. I loves pastas. I will have to try it. Thanks Parita :)

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  54. awesome click and mouth watering dish......very innovative idea of using eggplant in a sauce

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  55. Perfect! I love that kind of combo! Very flavorful!

    I make pasta sauces with eggplant on a regular basis...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  56. Hi Parita,

    I got an Award for you. Pls collect from my blog.

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  57. I was looking for Marinara sauce recipe from long. Thanks for that one! Will try with a Pizza soon.


    Cheerz
    Ashwini.

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  58. the combo looks great. I have created a blog few days before. Give your comments if you happen to visit them

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  59. oohhh soooooooooo tempting my fav.very beautiful click.

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  60. This looks so yummy !! I must say you have good photographical skills... A nice way to present a delicious dish !! :-)

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  61. Your sauce with roasted eggplants looks delicious. What a nice plate. :)

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  62. I was also skeptical the first time to use eggplant in pasta but it really is delicious.

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  63. eggplant and pasta is a different combo..

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  64. This looks great and eggplant is in season at the Farmers' market--I'm going to try it this week!

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  65. Wow, Parita, I am finally catching up on my blog-reading, and your blog looks amazing!! I love the new layout! I am SO impressed!

    I am equally impressed with your gorgeous eggplant pasta sauce... We adore eggplant - I can't wait to try your sauce soon! I love how the sauce is mostly eggplant - I've made pasta sauced with a little eggplant before, but this one looks like pure eggplant heaven - yum!

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  66. Lovely recipe Parita, this recipe is my next try. Very nice pics:)

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  67. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your beautiful presentation and mouth watering picture of eggplant marinara sauce. It looks yummy and delicious and I shall try out your lovely recipe.
    You are welcome in my blogs.

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  68. I was going to say it had the consistency of bharta... and it really is quite similar. I am sure we'll love this :) Thanks

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  69. Oh, that is gorgeous! Esp on that bed of pasta...I think it would make a great sandwich, too, with goat cheese! Eggplant is so versatile, ain't it?

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  70. Is it pasta?Just pass me the plate!Love it and ur sauce is new and interesting.

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  71. Wow....love that spicy and yum eggplant recipe....looks delectable....nice pics...

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  72. Wow pari...now u are mastering the art of photography....I really liked the pics and the post is real good too.....The pics are damn good yaar...
    By the which s/w do u use? I liked how u did that tape like thing there:)

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  73. Eggplant in pasta sauce is probably one of the few ways I can trick my husband into eating eggplant ;-) Thanks for sharing this one with Presto Pasta Night.

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  74. Eggplant is SUCH a popular thing to add into pasta sauce. It's a staple of Italian cooking! This looks fantastic. I love how you added jalapenos to your sauce to spice it up.

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  75. awesome pictures! this is something new to me... sounds delicious!

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  76. I LOVE eggplant and would gobble your sauce right up - it looks delicious!

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  77. This is very interesting, I have book marked this recipe, when my kids come back I am going to try this, looks so yum pari!!

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