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January 30, 2008

Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Whole wheat pasta teams up with eggplant for a satisfying dish.

Nava Atlas

Serves 6

8 to 10 ounces penne or spirals, preferably whole wheat or spelt
1 long, narrow Japanese eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (see note)
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
4 cups small broccoli florets (or one 16-ounce bag fresh pre-cut florets)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/3 cup sliced oil-cured sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of their oil reserved
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or more to taste, optional
Dried red pepper flakes to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly oil the bottom of a large roasting pan.

Combine the eggplant and bell pepper in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with half of the oil, then stir together and transfer to the roasting pan.

Combine the broccoli, onion and garlic in the same mixing bowl and drizzle with the remaining oil. Transfer to the roasting pan and gently mix with the other vegetables, then place in the heated oven.

Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.

Roast the vegetables for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every few minutes, or until nicely but not overly browned. Remove from the oven, then transfer the vegetable mixture to a large pasta bowl. Add the dried tomatoes, olives, parsley and balsamic vinegar and stir together with the vegetables.

Add the cooked pasta to the vegetable mixture and toss together with the reserved oil from the dried tomatoes. Add balsamic vinegar to taste if desired, then season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Serve at once.

Note: If Japanese eggplant is not available, substitute a small, regular eggplant, cut into small chunks.

Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas.

For even more vegetarian recipes, check out VegRecipes.org.

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