Spaghetti e mellanzane

spaghetti mellanzaneThis dish, adopted from a Williams Sonoma cookbook, is supposed to create a firm pie like formed spaghetti wrapped in eggplant.  I got too impatient to wait for it to cool and set though so when I cut it and spooned it onto the plate, it lost its shape.  Nonetheless, it was very delicious.

Spaghetti en forma alla mellanzane (Sicilian baked spaghetti wrapped with eggplant)

Eggplant shell

One small eggplant sliced lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Salt eggplant slices lightly with kosher salt and leave in a colander for at least 10 minutes to drain.  Rinse eggplant well and blot with paper towels.  Toss with about 2 tbsp olive oil and microwave for four minutes till soft.  Spray the inside of a 2 quart round casserole dish with non-stick spray.  Dipped cooked eggplant slices in flour on one side. Place floured side down on the botton of the dish.  repeat with other eggplant slices on the bottom and up along the sides until the casserol bottom and sides are covered.  Chopped remaining eggplant.

Sauce

Saute in a small amount of olive oil, one clove garlic minced, 1/4 onion finely chopped, 1/4 green pepper minced, and chopped eggplant.  When vegetables are soft, add one can diced tomatoes, and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.  When sauce is reduced and thickened, stir in 2 tbsp prepared pesto (mine was left over from the steelhead the other night).

Spaghetti

Boil 4 oz of spaghetti in lightly salted water until just short of al dente.  Drain and mix with sauce.  Spoon sauced spaghetti into the prepared casserole dish and pack firmly.  You can cover and refrigerate it at this point or proceed immediately to the baking stage.

Bake casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes (30 minutes if refrigerated).  When done, allow it to cool about ten minutes, run a knife around the edge, then place a warmed platter on top, flip it over onto the serving platter.  Cut in wedges and serve, or in my case, scoop it out and flop it onto the plate.  The taste is the same.

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One Response to “Spaghetti e mellanzane”

  1. mamarose Says:

    Drooling, drooling…

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