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Fast & Easy Dinner: Spicy Eggplant Puttanesca

Fast & Easy Dinner: Spicy Eggplant Puttanesca

To produce quick, healthy, and tasty dinners on busy weeknights, stock your pantry with dried pastas, spices, and canned add ons such as diced tomatoes and capers. With a quick stop at the farmer's market or local produce stand, tonight's hearty vegetarian pasta is jammed packed with flavor and is ready in less than half an hour. Traditionally a puttanesca sauce has anchovies, but this version substitutes it with meaty eggplant. To make this meal vegan, choose a plain pasta instead of cheese tortellini and omit the Parmesan garnish. Get the recipe for tonight's dinner, just

Spicy Eggplant Puttanesca
From Vegetarian Times magazine

4 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium-sized eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup sliced red onion
1 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 Tbs.)
1 cup chopped kalamata olives
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
4 Tbs. capers, rinsed and drained
1 Tbs. dried oregano
2 tsp. dried chili flakes
1 12-oz. bag frozen cheese tortellini
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, warm oil over medium heat in large nonstick saucepan. Sauté eggplant, onion and bell pepper 5 to 10 minutes, until eggplant is soft but not mushy.
  3. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes more.
  4. Add olives, tomatoes and capers, and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in oregano and chili flakes.
  5. Reduce heat to low, and let simmer while pasta cooks.Add tortellini to boiling water, and cook according to package directions, being careful not to overcook. Drain pasta, and stir into puttanesca sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired, and parsley, and serve.

Serves 4.

PER SERVING: 576 CAL; 17 G PROT; 22 G TOTAL FAT ( 3 SAT. FAT) ; 64 G CARB.; 37 MG CHOL; 827 MG SOD.; 10 G FIBER; 12 G SUGARS

Join The Conversation
andrea426 andrea426 10 years's making my mouth water! i'll try this!
cashmere80 cashmere80 10 years
OMG- this sounds delish!!! There are far too few eggplant recipes out there.
boardinchk boardinchk 10 years
figurine figurine 10 years
This looks interesting. I'm not really good at preparing eggplants, but I think I'll actually try this. Thanks partysugar.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
that picture: yumyumyumyumyum!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Ive decided to try this recipe out. I just printed it!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Puttanesca always reminds me of Lemony Snicket's. :) I'm still not sure if I'm a fan of eggplant or not, but I would definitely give it a try with something like this!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This sounds right up my alley!
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