Decaying dinner

8 Oct

On Halloween, we think of vampires (garlic), witches (wine, beer, spirits), darkness (tapenade, beef fondue, chocolate), and decay (roasted eggplant!).

Continuing our love affair pairing eggplant and bowtie pasta — mimicking Turkish dumplings — this would be a perfect Halloween dinner.

Nothing gross-out about it, but something wicked implied with withered eggplant…

CARAMELIZED EGGPLANT PASTA AND ARUGULA PESTO
(Reeni) click on her amazing photo…

1 eggplant (weighing about 1 to 1.5 lbs). Peel it and slice into finger sized slices.
Olive oil
8 oz bowtie pasta
1 cup seeded and diced tomatoes
Pumpkin-Arugula Pesto (recipe here)
Romano or Parmesan

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and saute until browned. Add a bit of oil as you go. The eggplant soaks it up.

Cook the pasta, drain and add it back to pot. Add pesto to coat the noodles.

When the eggplant is a dark it is ready. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss the pasta with veggies, adding pesto until everything is well coated. Serve hot or chilled with shredded cheese.

Pumpkin-Arugula Pesto

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 clove garlic
2 cups baby arugula
1 cup good olive oil
¼ teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan

Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet til lightly toasted: about 10 minutes mixing every minute or two. Set aside to cool.

Add seeds to food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add everything but the cheese. Pulse until smooth. Add cheese and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

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