Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pasta with veggies

This dish is super easy - and we loved it! To make it, you will need:
1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

1-2 sweet red pepper

1-2 zucchini

1 eggplant

dry bread crumbs (to tell you the truth I was a bit doubtful about this at first - pasta and bread crumbs?! But it was so nice and crunchy. I took about 1\2 cup of them, but you can make less.)

approx. 2 cups of your favorite kind of pasta

Chop onion, pepper, zucchini and eggplant and bake with salt and olive oil until soft. In the meantime, cook the pasta; chop garlic and fry until lightly browned. Add bread crumbs to the frying pan and stir it all together for a couple of minutes. Mix pasta, veggies and bread crumbs together. Consume. Enjoy.


Elizabeth said...

This sounds very yummy! :->

Sammybunny said...

ooooo! that looks delicious! I love meatless/chicken-less pastas even though I am not a vegetarian! I'll have to try this one! Happy Wednesday!

Crystal said...

I make a very similar dish. But mine doesn't have eggplant... and I add eggs, mushrooms, peas, and parmesan cheese.

Yours looks yummy too, and really pasta and veggies can be made any number of ways.

Anonymous said...

Do you do anything first to keep the eggplant from tasting bitter? Myself, I've never had much luck cooking with eggplant (though I can grow it pretty well!) because of being unable to get rid of the bitter taste. I've heard of salting it first, then draining, but someone told me that tends to make it soggy. I'd like to try the recipe...any suggestions?


Mandy said...

Sounds great! I love pasta!!

Anna S said...

Brenda, actually I have no idea. Somehow I never got bitter eggplant - I guess I'm just lucky or something. :) It's one of my favorite vegetables!

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed a dish similar to this's wonderful! One thing I've done is omit the breadcrumbs and used ground up walnuts instead.

Your pasta looks delicious!

AnneK said...

Anna, Do you have a recipe for Apple pie? I looked in your archives, there is one for apple cake, but I was looking for pie (relatively simple recipe). Ever tried anything like that?

Bethany Sue, CFO said...

That looks so good. Pebbles and I eat a vegitarian lunch everyday. Pretty plate by the way.

Rebekah S. said...

Oh, yummy!! That sounds really good! I will definitely have to try that! Thanks for sharing!

Anna S said...

Annie, can't help you here, sorry... I'm looking for a good recipe for an apple pie myself!

Kristi said...

For AnneK and Anna:

This is the apple pie recipe I use.

Pie crust:
1c.+3Tbsp. sifted all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar (opt.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. cold water

Combine dry ingredients. Add oil and stir until pea-sized clumps form. Add water, a little at a time, stirring until dough forms a ball. You may not need to use all the water. If more liquid needed, add oil. Don't overwork dough!

Roll between 2 sheets of waxed paper or press into pan with fingers. Double the recipe for a 2-crust pie.


6-7 tart apples (I like to pile them high!)
1 tsp. cinnamon
dash nutmeg (opt.)
dash ginger (opt.)
1/4 c. honey OR 1/2 c. sugar (You can use more or less according to taste.)
2 Tbsp. flour

Peel/slice apples thinly; in large bowl, combine apples and all other ingredients, stirring until apples are well-coated. Taste a slice or two - if too tart for your taste, add a little more sweetener.

Have two 9" pie crusts ready. Add apples and top with second crust. Slit crust 4 or 5 times and seal edges. Place in a preheated 400-degree oven and bake 50-60 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Sounds super easy to whip up ... and looks REAL GOOD! My husband's not a huge fan of zucchini (well except zucchini bread) or eggplant ... but who knows, maybe this dish could change his mind lol


Anna S said...

Kristi, thank you for the recipe!! I definitely want to try it - I love baking with oil.

Rebekah S. said...

Oh, sounds great, Kristi! I'll definitely be trying that recipe as well!

Kathleen said...

Anna, what did you eat to complete the protein?

Kathleen said...

Tammy has an apple pie recipe on her website:
I can't vouch for it, never having made it myself, but based on her other recipes it would probably be delicious and just need a little tweaking in the fat/sugar area.

College Gal said...

That looks so good. Hhmmmm I think I'll make that sometime soon! Great job and thanks! God bless!

Laura said...

First thanks for the reply on the nutrition topic.

I've never tried pasta w/ bread crumbs before. Here is a recipe I made up on day : The site also has lots of good recipes.

Serena said...

This sounds delicious! I think the bowtie pasta looks like a good choice for this dish.

About eggplant: I sometimes salt mine, and have never had it turn out soggy. In fact, I would think it would be less likely to be soggy, since you're drawing the water out. I've never had a problem with bitterness, either, but I've always gotten mine really fresh from the farmer's market.

Anna S said...

Kathleen, thank you for the recipe!

Heh... it's not like I *always need to combine grains and legumes*. Sometimes I eat just grains. Sometimes I eat just beans. Sometimes I eat them together. I also eat eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese. It's not that easy to become protein-deficient. As a matter of fact I'm yet to meet a well-nourished person without a specific health condition (pregnancy for example) who developed protein deficiency.