Turn to marinara sauce and a cornucopia of vegetables—summer squash, eggplant, bell peppers, and onions—to make fresh pasta sing with rustic simplicity.
Yields 4 servings
- 3 assorted small summer squash (i.e., scallop, yellow, zucchini), sliced
- 1 small eggplant, sliced
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or green), sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
- 2 teaspoons ground oregano
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Sea salt to taste (optional)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- 12 ounces fresh pasta (may substitute dried pasta)
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Arrange summer squash, onions, and bell pepper on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with garlic, oregano, black pepper and sea salt. Toss together on pan to distribute ingredients.
- Place on top rack of oven and roast for about 30 minutes, until golden brown and tender. When done, remove from oven and set aside.
- To toast pine nuts, place them in a small baking dish in the hot oven for about 5 minutes while vegetables are roasting. Remove and set aside.
- Meanwhile, bring water to boil in a medium pot. Add pasta and cook to al dente stage (according to package directions). Place in colander and rinse and drain.
- Add marinara sauce to pot and heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and add cooked pasta, stirring gently to distribute ingredients.
- Divide pasta with marinara sauce among 4 pasta bowls (or plates). Top with roasted vegetables, pinenuts, and fresh basil.
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