Whole Wheat Penne with Eggplant

It’s a busy week here, so I’m sharing some comfort food dishes. Sometimes when you have so much to do, having a delicious home cooked meals is even more of a treat. I found this recipe online and adjusted it just a bit for our personal tastes. It’s hard to go wrong with some penne and eggplant, it’s simply a filling meal without making you feel heavy. that’s a win-win in my book!


  • 2 eggplants cut into 1-inch cubes eggplant penne
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 ½ garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 16-oz uncooked whole wheat penne
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup (2-oz) grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Combine eggplant, cherry tomatoes and garlic in bowl.
  • Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, 1 tsp each salt and black pepper; toss to coat.
  • Spread in even layer on foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  •  Place veggies on center oven rack and roast for 35 mins or until tender and eggplant in golden brown.
  • Cook pasta until al dente, in boiling, salted water (8-10 mins); drain well over large bowl.
  • Reserve 1 ½ cups of pasta cooking liquid. Keep pasta warm.
  • Place roasted veggies in food processor and puree with basil and 3 Tbsp olive oil.
  • Combine with pasta in large bowl; add ½ cup cheese.
  • Garnish with more cheese when serving.

Favorite Pasta Dishes

I’d love to hear about your comfort foods that you love to prepare. What’s your go to pasta dish?

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