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Sheet Pan Eggplant and Tomato with Rigatoni

Sheet Pan Eggplant and Tomato with Rigatoni

It doesn’t get any easier than this version of the traditional pasta alla Norma. There’s no sauteing or stirring, just place the pan in the oven and let the oven do the work while the pasta cooks away.

35 mins total time

10 mins active time

Easy

Serves 4

Ingredients


Measurements:

  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 lb)
  • 1½ lb cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic

    minced

  • 1½ tsp kosher salt

    plus extra to season

  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¼ cup (2 fl oz) olive oil
  • 1 lb rigatoni
  • ¼ cup (1½ oz) pitted sliced Kalamata olive

    sliced in half

  • 10 basil leaves

    thinly sliced

  • Grated parmesan cheese

    to serve

Instructions

  • 1Insert the wire rack into position 6. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 2Cut the eggplant into approximately ½-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, garlic, salt, oregano, chili flakes and oil and toss to combine. Transfer to the roasting pan.
  • 3Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and start the timer. Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
  • 4Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and season well with salt. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Once cooked, reserve ½ cup (4 fl oz) of the cooking liquid and drain the pasta.
  • 5The eggplant should be very tender when pierced with a small knife. If not, give it a bit more.
  • 6Add the tomato mixture and ¼ cup (2 fl oz) of the reserved cooking liquid to loosen the sauce. Add more cooking liquid, if needed. Top with the olives and basil and finish with parmesan.