rosemary walnut pasta with eggplant

September 29, 2009

Hola lovelies! I’m back with the kick-ass dinner I had last night. A few of you asked if we got any swag at our house warming party and I can tell you we did indeed!

A couple of my friends got us some big goblet-sized wine glasses; another set of friends hand made us some kitchen dish towels that were absolutely bomb due to being not only in our favorite colors but also one was hand embroidered and two were made with my friend’s mad print-making skills. They put so much work and love into those towels – I love them so much! I’ll have to take some pictures and post them because they are swoon-worthy and brilliant.

Another friend canned us some green beans which apparently are crazy good in Bloody Mary’s – sweet!

A really cool gift that has a place on tonight’s post for sure was this collection of produce and herbs fresh out of a friend’s garden! Awesome!!

tomatoes, rosemary, jalapenos, banana peppers, cherry toms and green onions (unpictured)

We also had this fella sitting around that our towel-making friends gave to us from their CSA box:


I wanted to find a way to use up some of the mad abundance of rosemary we had so I brainstormed and googled and blog-browsed…


And finally came up with this:

Rosemary Walnut Pasta with Eggplant
inspiration from Spinach Tiger

Ingredients

  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped coarsely (use less if you prefer)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 – 4 T finely chopped fresh rosemary (or substitute any fresh herb)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt, pepper,
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)


Directions

  1. Slice eggplant into thin slices, leaving skin on. Salt both sides, allow to sit for 30 minutes. Drain on paper towels (salting removes extra moisture and bitterness).
  2. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. Saute garlic in olive oil, until soft. Do not burn. Immediately add in walnuts, and rosemary, and saute about 6-10 minutes on medium heat, just until walnuts are toasted. Toss lightly with olive oil and rosemary.
  4. Remove walnuts to a bowl.
  5. Add in eggplant to same pan. Saute until soft on medium heat.
  6. Cook pasta according to directions.
  7. Drain pasta, toss with eggplant, nuts and rosemary mixture.
  8. Season with sea salt and pepper
  9. Toss with parmesan cheese (optional)

Devour!


I am gonna need to rave about this one for a second: it was incredibly delicious! Dan and I were making “mmm” noises the whole way through eating it and every bite had a new level of flavor. The rosemary paired with the walnuts so well and the whole dish had an amazing sweet yet salty taste. Super rich, super bomb diggity. Enjoyed with a large glass of white wine in our new glasses!

The next best thing about this dish is that it is super quick (we’re talking 30 mins absolute tops) and extremely easy. Seriously, add it to your “quick dinners” repertoire right now! The clincher for me was the way the Web site I found it on described the process: “One pot. One pan. One chopping board.” Sign me up!

What is your favorite go-to pasta dish for ease, speed and deliciousness?
I love spaghetti carbonara. It is so quick that it’s ready in a flash and yet the richness makes it tastes like something’s been simmering away for hours. Bueno!

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BroccoliHut September 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Eggplant and walnuts sounds like one fab combo.
I just had my go-to pasta dish for dinner tonight: peanut butter noodles. I just make a sauce out of PB, soy sauce, water, and ginger, then add noodles, veggies, and sometimes tofu. YUM!

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Leianna September 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I'm more of a pasta salad type person, but this recipe you made looks amazing!
Great swag for your new place!

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Janetha September 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

oooo sounds like you got some good gifts! cool homies you have. that recipe sounds divine, bookmarked! my easiest pasta is spaghetti with meat sauce.. wanna know why? it is the only thing marshall makes :) then i don't have to lift a finger! xo lover.

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joyofood September 30, 2009 at 6:46 am

Great swag. I love pasta salads for a quick pasta meal.

Taylor

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Food Makes Fun Fuel September 30, 2009 at 9:20 am

Homemade dish towels sound too sweet.
I never really make pasta my g-to dish, but if I did I like penne with broccoli and chicken breast

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Holly September 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

OMG drool. this looks SO good – that isn't a combo i would have put together myself but i am loving it!

yay for gifts, and homemade towels – that is amazing. please take pics, i want to see those :)

hope your week is going well…see you in a couple days. love love love to ya!

easiest pasta dish? penne with EVOO+garlic, topped with parmesan cheese. simple and oh so delicious!

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Low September 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

Gotta love swag. Those gifts sounds so thoughful and lovely! Dinner looks great!

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

OMG that dish sounds incredible! And that picture of the eggplant is beautiful! You have some serious photog skills, chica. I love new eggplant recipes (my favorite is baked with hummus and sauteed spinach, garlic and peppers) so I can't wait to try this out!

Sarah

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brandi September 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

that pasta sounds delicious! I have never had a pasta dish with nuts in it like this, but I want to. I may need to make sure I have this stuff on hand :)

I love just making my mom's red/meat sauce and pasta. So easy, good, and comforting.

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jesslikesithot September 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I'm OBSESSED with eggplant!! I rarely eat it, but when I do (in a asian dish, sauteed, with some pasta….) i'm in absolute foodie heaven! :)

Sooo therefore, I must try and re-create this dish when i'm back at home for thanksgiving break! Thanks for the recipe girl! xoo

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lilveggiepatch September 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm

You officially have the coolest friends. Canning your own STRING BEANS?! I've also flagged that pasta… yum.

I love a good Greek-style pasta with tomatoes, feta, olives, and dill.

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april September 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm

oh my goodness that combo sounds wonderful! I would have never thought of eggplants and walnuts together.. brilliant!!

My go-to recipe is my veggie paremsan.. it literally takes 5 minutes to prepare!

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Susan September 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Oooh, eggplant "sauce" sounds divine!! To be honest, I don't really care for pasta all that much! I just don't like the taste/texture of noodles (I know, I know). I like rice noodles though! With tofu, veggies and teriyaki sauce :)

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christina- MINDFUL LIVING September 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

the one i just made two nights ago- sweet potato and ricotta!!!! yummmm

and angharad this looks amazing- its being added to my list of things to make haha

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Jenny September 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm

any dish is gauranteed to be 5 x's better when you add nuts :) gorgeous meal, lovie… rave your little heart out!

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carolinebee September 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

ha i never make pasta bc i feel like it takes forev! My roommate made ravioli today- goat cheese and spinach..yummmmM!! Perfect bc now i can eat some :D

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Emily (The Experimentarian) September 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Oooh that looks great! I will have to make that next week when my hubs is out of town cuz he wouldn;t touch eggplant with a 10-ft pole. More for me :) You'll have to check out my pasta shennanigans on my post later on tonight :)

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Katie September 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm

That dish is a beauty!

My favorite go to is just adding sauteed veggies to red sauce, I don't think there is a name for that. It's not near as good as yours. :-)

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ohonemorething September 30, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Oh wow! This looks so yummy and warming!

Favorite? I make a yummy lentil bolognese that never fails me.

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runnerskitchen October 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Love the rosemary inspired pasta! Whenever I buy herbs from the farmer's market or grocery store I always wind up with extra. I made rosemary-potato soup a few weeks ago and have been looking for rosemary themed recipes!

My fav quickie pasta recipe is spinach + canned white beans + rotini + evoo + black pepper + parmesan cheese. Mmmm….

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