Mafalda pasta has a flat shape with ribbon-like edges. It's a good choice for pasta sauces like this one, made from eggplant and sweet peppers, which are roasted and then blended until smooth. Topped with thinly sliced beef and wilted Swiss chard, this is truly a satisfying meal.

Source: Diabetic Living Magazine




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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. In a large bowl toss together eggplant, sweet peppers, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of the black pepper. Place vegetables in the prepared pan. Roast about 35 minutes or until sweet peppers are tender, stirring once. Let cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, peel skins from sweet peppers.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Set aside. For sauce, transfer eggplant-sweet pepper mixture to a food processor or blender. Add tomatoes, wine, water, balsamic vinegar, thyme, rosemary, and 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining salt. Cover; process or blend until smooth. If necessary, add additional water to sauce to reach a saucy consistency. Set aside.

  • Meanwhile, sprinkle beef with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. In an extra-large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add beef; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until medium rare (145 degrees F), turning once. Remove beef from skillet; cover with foil and keep warm. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the onions to the skillet. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Add Swiss chard to skillet. Cook 5 to 7 minutes more or until Swiss chard is wilted and tender. Add the sauce and cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Heat through.

  • Thinly slice beef; serve over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Tip: To peel onions, place onions in boiling water 1 to 2 minutes to loosen skins. Using a small, sharp knife, carefully peel off and discard skins.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup pasta mixture and 2 ounces cooked beef
344 calories; protein 23.1g; carbohydrates 39.5g; dietary fiber 4.8g; sugars 7.9g; fat 9.8g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 50.7mg; vitamin a iu 4306.4IU; vitamin c 70.1mg; folate 184.5mcg; calcium 58mg; iron 4.2mg; magnesium 90.4mg; potassium 744.2mg; sodium 598.7mg.

2 lean protein, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 fat