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Guest Friday Feast: Pasta alla Momma

August 13, 2010

I promise you I still cook. I do! Even though we’ve had quite a few guest cooks and last week’s cop-out picture gallery Friday Feast, I promise I still cook regularly. (Honestly, lately I’ve done a ton of salads, but those aren’t as interesting as bigger dinners!) My mom actually made a lovely eggplant recipe from a book I gave my dad for Father’s Day: Cooking School Italian. (It is an adaptation of the Spaghetti alla Norma, so I’ve aptly named it: Pasta alla Momma.) You won’t see me making many eggplant recipes in the Stuart household, so I thought it was a great opportunity to show you a fun eggplant recipe. And, I promise to give you a lot more Kate Schmate original Friday Feasts from now on!

Pasta alla Momma

Preparation time:  30-40 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds tomatoes chopped (unpeeled)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 medium-sized eggplant (unpeeled)
8 oz. dried linguini (spaghetti works too)
1 tablespoon basil
salt substitute and salt free lemon pepper
3/4 cup grated Pecorino (or parmesan) cheese

  • Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in large pan. Cook tomatoes, garlic, salt substitute and lemon pepper for 10 minutes.
  • Heat remaining oil in skillet and saute eggplants for about 5 minutes, until evenly golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  • Boil pasta in lightly salted water for 10 minutes. Drain and place in serving
    bowl.
  • Stir drained eggplant into the tomato mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning.  Add basil.

  • Pour tomato mixture on pasta and sprinkle cheese on top.  (The original recipe called for half of the cheese to be mixed with the tomatoes
    during step 4, and I did that in these pictures, but I found it made the sauce too mushy. Too, I think shredded cheese would be better than grated.)
  • Serve immediately.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Hillary permalink
    August 13, 2010 10:55 am

    I absolutely LOVE those wine glasses! Where did you find them?

  2. Kim permalink
    August 14, 2010 4:34 am

    Hi Hill…the artist’s name is Saenger out of California if I remember correctly. They don’t hold a lot of wine, but they feel so good in your hand. PS: I bought your litho at the LPB Art Auction. I love it!

  3. Hillary permalink
    August 14, 2010 11:43 am

    Aw, thanks! I’m glad it went to a good, loving home :)

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