Just a quick post because I have left this until really late in the night! I made this pasta bake last week after having bookmarked it a couple of months ago on The Journal of a Girl Who Loves to Cook. I first stumbled upon Su Yins blog because of her gorgeous cake decorations, I mean we are talking super cute, crazily detailed cakes here - she is really talented!... I found this savoury dish amongst all the sweetness, and seeing as there is no chance of me being able to replicate her Christmas Penguins or any of her other cakes for that matter, I decided to give the pasta a go... We really enjoyed it, but we are used to a bit more pasta in our meals, so next time I would double the pasta (I have altered this below)... the recipe also says nothing about frying the eggplant first, but I found mine didn't cook within the 20 minutes, so next time I would fry them a bit beforehand... everything else in the dish is cooked first, so it would make sense!
Eggplant Pasta Bake w/ Spinach & Ricotta Serves 4-6
Slice 1 eggplant into 1/2cm thick pieces and sprinkle with salt in a colander. Cook 300-500g pasta according to packet directions. Saute 1 thinly sliced onion & 3 crushed garlic cloves with 2Tbsp olive oil for 2 minutes. Pour in 1 bottle tomato based pasta sauce and add 2tsp oregano. Bring to a boil, mix in 100g roughly chopped baby spinach and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Rinse salt off eggplant slices and fry until tender. Layer a baking dish with cooked pasta, pasta sauce, eggplant slices and 1C light ricotta cheese. Top with 2C shredded mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes; until cheese is melted and deliciously bubbly!
I'm also sending this over to Ruth's Kitchen Experiments for her Bookmarked recipes roundup.
Menu Plan (Week beginning 1st Dec)
This week is a bit of a boring Menu Plan because we are trying to use up what is in the cupboards after spending a lot on party food recently!
Chicken satay (using satay sauce jar leftover from party), with broccoli, carrot, pumpkin, etc & rice.
Lamb stew w/ spring vegetables (that I didn't get around to making last week!)
Thursday 4/12(I am out)
Eggplant patties (from freezer) in mountain bread (from freezer) w/ salad.
Chicken curry (from paste) w/ pappadums & rice.
Sunday 7/12Leftover Night!
You can find lots of other peoples menus at the Organising Junkie.