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    Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

    Diced eggplant turns tender and tasty sautéed with garlic and olive oil. Toss with fresh plum tomatoes, green olives and capers and you have a simple light summer sauce. We like it over angel hair pasta, but any type of pasta will work. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a mixed green salad.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium eggplant, (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 plum tomatoes, diced
    • 1/3 cup chopped pitted green olives
    • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
    • 4 teaspoons capers, rinsed
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, (optional)
    • 12 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, or basil

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Put a pot of water on to boil.
    Step 2
    Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add tomatoes, olives, vinegar, capers, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 5 to 7 minutes more.
    Step 3
    Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water until just tender, about 6 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and divide the pasta among 6 shallow bowls. Spoon the sauce over the pasta and sprinkle parsley (or basil) on top.

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