Roasted Ratatouille Pasta
This easy meatless dinner combines pasta with a modified version of the classic French dish, ratatouille. To make this easy recipe, we roasted eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers in a hot oven to bring out their natural flavors and sweetness, then tossed them with a mixture of sautéed onion and garlic, plum tomatoes, herbes de Provence and fresh thyme.
Roasted Ratatouille Pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 10 ounces pasta (cavatappi, rotini, penne)
- Olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence (or more to taste)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or foil coated with nonstick spray.
Place the eggplant in large mixing bowl, drizzle with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread the eggplant in a single layer on one of the prepared baking sheets.
Next, add the zucchini and bell peppers to the mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, toss and spread over the second baking sheet.
Roast the vegetables until tender and very lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
When the vegetables have about 5 minutes of roasting time left, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain thoroughly, leaving the pasta in the colander.
Return the pasta pot to the stove over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil along with the chopped onion and herbes de Provence.
Sauté until the onion is soft, 3 to 4 minutes, then add the garlic and thyme. Continue cooking for 2 minutes longer, stirring continually, then add the tomatoes.
Season with salt and pepper and cook just long enough for the tomatoes to soften, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Remove from the heat, add the pasta and combine.
Stir in the roasted vegetables and toss to combine. Add a little extra olive oil if desired, taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Plate individual servings and top with freshly ground black pepper and a sprig of thyme if desired.