Alright, as I promised yesterday here is my recipe for Eggplant Pasta Excellente!
This is a fantastic summer recipe- it's full of healthy veggies and yummy goodness!
Eggplant is such a hard vegetable to pair with other side dishes for dinner- I think anyways.... it always seems to go with pasta! But eggplant parm is just too heavy for these summer months! I really wanted eggplant so I decided to pair it with my take of summer pasta. This meal is packed with light summer veggies yet hearty enough to feed your hungriest man! My husband hates vegetarian nights because he claims the food is too lite and he's hungry again an hour after dinner-- but not with this dish!
I fell in love with eggplant a few months back while I was pregnant with the little man. Before that I had never had eggplant. Well, when I was 8.5 months pregnant- huge, miserable, unable to sleep, ready for little man to make his appearance I had Eggplant Parm for the first time and LOVED IT! You see, there's this Italian restaurant in town that I've been going to since I was a little girl and it's Nationally famous for it's Eggplant Parm. Here's the deal- Scalini's Eggplant Parm is famous for "helping" women go into labor within 48 hours of having eaten it. They have a whole wall dedicated to baby photos of those children who were born due to their Eggplant Parm.
ABC's Good Morning America did a special on it. And EVERYTIME you go in there you are GUARANTEED to see 3-5 immensely pregnant women. My husband didn't believe me at first but now he looks for them and just laughs. Anyways, I was desperate- not castor oil desperate- but desperate enough to forgo my usual Cannelloni and give the Eggplant Parm a try. Well, it became my new favorite entree! So, I've been playing around with different ways to cook eggplant. One of my favorites I'm going to share with you tomorrow- my Eggplant Pasta Excellente- but first, I need to share how I make my basic breaded eggplant- I use this for Eggplant Parm, the Pasta Excellente, and other yummy dishes I will share later on.