I am cooking a real special meal today!
Big Goo brought home two beautiful eggplants and I thought this would be perfect to make my favorite pasta dish.
Pasta with Eggplant, Sausage and Pancetta!
Traditionally I make this dish minus the eggplant but I wanted to veggie up dinner!
I started by roasting the eggplant with olive oil and lots of spices.
You want to season the eggplant because it’s all about layering the flavor.
Plus, eggplant can be boring so spice it up folks!
Next, I sauteed onion and garlic and added my Italian sausage to the mixture.
The best ingredient of them all next to cheese is the Pancetta!
Yes, the Pancetta is what takes this dish to another level!
If you don’t like Pancetta you can always use bacon.
Yep, bacon would work just fine.
When I use bacon I always fry the bacon first, then use the bacon grease with a little olive oil to cook the onions in.
Just a little bacon tip for ya’!
After all the meat is cooked, we add the roasted eggplant and tomato sauce.
Don’t forget to save your pasta cooking water.
Add the pasta water to thin the sauce out nicely.
Toss in the cooked pasta, add the cheese and parsley and mix well.
I serve this with a side of my famous garlic bread and more cheese.