Neapolitan Summer Vegetable Pasta

2013-02-23
  • Yield : 6 servings
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 20m
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Ingredients

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • One 24-ounce jar tomato-basil sauce, warmed
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Method

Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Whisk together 1 cup of the tomato sauce with 2 tablespoons oil in a small bowl; set aside. Season the eggplant and zucchini generously with salt and let sit in a colander for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.

Step 2

Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil with the red pepper flakes and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the vegetables and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. 

Step 3

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot along with the pasta water and remaining tomato sauce. Toss to coat and divide among 6 bowls. Top with the vegetables, reserved tomato sauce mixture, ricotta and basil. 

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