By Cole Williams
I combined a couple of recipe to come up with this dish. Containing, vegetables, a meat substitute (eggplant) and a starch, it’s a meal in itself and most people who have tried it think it’s pretty tasty. And it takes little skill to make.
6 oz rotini pasta (tri-color)
1 small to medium eggplant
1 large bell pepper
1 large zucchini squash
3 small roma tomatoes
1 large onion
2 table spoons butter or margarine.
salt, pepper, dried bazil and
oregano to taste.
enough olive oil to coat vegetables.
grated parmesan cheese.
Separate all layers of the onion and tear into roughly 2 X 2 inch pieces. Remove the seeds from the pepper and also cut into 2 X 2 inch pieces. Cut the zucchini into 1/4 inch disks. Quarter the tomatoes. Peel and cut the eggplant into roughly 2 inch squares. Ad each vegetable to a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, bazil and oregano to each layer as you go. Keep the eggplant to the side as you generously coat the other vegetables with olive oil. Mix the vegetables well. Then add the seasoned eggplant and mix again. This prevents the eggplant from absorbing all of the oil.
Evenly spread the vegetables out in a 12” by 16” by 1 1/2” deep baking pan and place on the middle rack of a 350° oven. Check and stir every 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender and carmelized on the edges. This can take up to an hour.
While the vegetables are roasting, boil the rotini according to directions on package. Strain the pasta and place in a 12” frying pan with the butter and toss with the burner OFF- the heat of the pasta will melt the butter which will prevent the pasta from sticking together while the vegetables cook.
When the vegetables are done toss with the pasta with the stove on about medium heat until everything is heated through. Serve with parmesan cheese on the side.
I’ve made this with mulicolored peppers and yellow squash. You have my permission to experiment all you want with this recipe as long as you tell me any interesting variations you invent. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.