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Rigatoni with Tomato and Eggplant

Food Network Canada
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Ingredients

2
medium eggplants, lightly peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt
1
cup pure olive oil, plus a little extra
1
cup fresh bread crumbs, fairly coarse
2
cup fresh tomato sauce
¼
tsp chili flakes or fresh hot peppers
¼
cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
¼
cup grated ricotta salata
1
lb(s) dried rigatoni
2
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2
Tbsp unsalted butter
Parmigiano Reggiano
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Directions

Step 1

Salt the eggplant moderately and leave to drain for 30

minutes. Rinse in water and pat dry. Cook the eggplant in small

batches in the pure olive oil until golden brown and tender,

drain well on paper towels, season with salt and pepper and set

to one side.

Step 2

Toast the breadcrumbs in a little olive oil until crisp

and golden. Heat the tomato sauce with the chili flakes.

Step 3

Cook and drain the pasta. Toss with the sauce, extra

virgin olive oil, butter, ricotta, basil and eggplant. Check the

seasoning and spoon into a serving dish. Sprinkle with the

toasted bread crumbs and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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