Cheesy Vegetable Pasta

Cheesy Vegetable Pasta
Formula Z/S
Serves 6
preparation
30
minutes
cooking
80
minutes

Ingredients

2
tablespoons
olive oil
1
tablespoon
balsamic vinegar
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
2
medium zucchini (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise
1
medium eggplant (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise
1
large onion, peeled and quartered
1/2
pound
ziti or penne
2
large cloves garlic, minced
1
teaspoon
dried oregano
1/2
teaspoon
dried mint
1
large tomato, chopped
4
ounces
Feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
1
cup
prepared tomato sauce
1/2
teaspoon
crushed red pepper flakes
8
ounces
mozzarella, shredded

Directions

  1. Heat the broiler. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of the oil with the vinegar, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and a few grinds of pepper and brush the mixture on the cut sides of the zucchini, eggplants, and onion. Arrange them cut-side up on a large, shallow baking pan. Broil the vegetables until golden brown and tender, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut the zucchini crosswise into thin slices. Cut the eggplant into 1-inch pieces. Chop the onion coarsely.
  2. Heat the oven to 350º F. Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain. Return the pasta pot to the stove, add the garlic and the remaining tablespoon of oil, and cook over low heat until the garlic sizzles. Stir in the oregano and mint.
  3. Add the cooked pasta, broiled vegetables, chopped tomatoes, Feta, the tomato sauce, pepper flakes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few more grinds of pepper. Transfer to a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella.
  4. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until the cheese is melted and golden, and a knife inserted in the center for 5 seconds comes out hot.
Leslie Pendleton
September 2003

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 404
  • Fat 18 g
  • Sat Fat 9 g
  • Cholesterol 47 mg
  • Sodium 1153 mg
  • Protein 19 g
  • Carbohydrate 42 g
  • Sugar 10 g
  • Fiber 5 g
  • Iron 2 mg
  • Calcium 323 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.