Meatless Monday – Pasta Puttanesca with Roasted Eggplant

Tthis combination of tangy olives, salty capers, sweet tomatoes, fragrant garlic and aromatic fresh basil all whirled around in a good olive oil is so delicious that it is ‘sinful’, thus the name Pasta Puttanesca. Click through to see why…

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Spaghetti alla puttanesca translates literally as “spaghetti of the whore” in Italian. I’m sure there are many stories as to how this dish got it’s ‘flavorful’ name and who gets the full credit for it’s creation, but I’m not going to go there.  I’m only going to suggest that maybe this combination of tangy olives, salty capers, sweet tomatoes, fragrant garlic and aromatic fresh basil all whirled around in a good olive oil is so delicious that it is ‘sinful’.  Puttanesca is a classic Southern Italian sauce that is very versatile.  It is great on any kind of pasta, drizzled over creamy polenta, or even on toasted bread or crostini as an appetizer.  I opted to add eggplant, as I just happened to have a nice fat one sitting on my counter, and I wanted to make it a little more filling as a main course. Roasting the eggplant first gives it a nice creamy texture that blends nicely with the sauce. I…

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