Fusilli with Mixed Vegetable Sauce
From EatingWell: September/October 1995
A fresh vegetable sauce, here full of eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini and tomatoes, is a nice alternative to everyday marinara sauce. We like the way the sauce slips into fusilli's corkscrew-like grooves.
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, very finely chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, very finely chopped
- 1 ounce pancetta, (Italian bacon) or country ham, very finely chopped
- 8 ounces eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1/2 small eggplant)
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into1/4-inch dice
- 8 ounces zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- Salt, to taste
- 2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced (about 12 tomatoes, see Tip)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 cup water
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 pound whole-wheat fusilli
- 2 ounces freshly grated pecorino romano cheese, (2/3 cup)
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add pancetta (or ham) and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, then add eggplant, bell peppers and zucchini. Season with salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables start to soften, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and crushed red pepper. Raise heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes collapse and begin to form a sauce, about 10 minutes. Pour in water, cover, reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Check occasionally, adding a little more water if needed to achieve a saucelike consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, cook fusilli in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to a warm bowl. Add the sauce and cheese and toss well. Serve immediately on warm plates.
Tips & Notes
- Tip: To peel and seed tomatoes:
- 1. Before you start, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove. Using a sharp paring knife, core the tomatoes and score a small “X” into the flesh on the bottom.
- 2. Place the tomatoes in the boiling water, in batches, until the skins are slightly loosened, 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
- 3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to the ice water and let sit in the water for 1 minute before removing.
- 4. Peel the tomatoes using a paring knife. Halve them crosswise and scoop out the seeds with a hooked finger.
Per serving: 377 calories; 6 g fat (3 g sat, 1 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 69 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 14 g protein; 11 g fiber; 343 mg sodium; 626 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (90% daily value), Vitamin A (40% dv), Potassium (18% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 4
Exchanges: 4 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 fat
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- Preparation/ Technique
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- September/October 1995