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Whole-Wheat Penne With Eggplant and Ricotta

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1 Whole-Wheat Penne With Eggplant and Ricotta on 5th November 2009, 8:42 pm

Whole-Wheat Penne With Eggplant and Ricotta
Prep time: 15 minutes | Start to finish: 40 minutes | Serves: 4 (2 cups)

Details:
Tossing hot pasta with ricotta cheese creates a quick, creamy sauce that's rich in taste and low in fat. Top this dish with fresh parsley or basil, if you have some on hand. (Phase 2)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
1 1/2 pounds eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces whole-wheat or spelt penne
1 small onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

Enlarge Image Nutritional Information:
420 calories
14 g total fat (4 g sat)
62 g carbohydrate
18 g protein
12 g fiber
320 mg sodium

Directions:
Heat oven to 450°F.
Lightly coat a baking pan with oil. Place eggplant in the pan, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil, season with salt and pepper, toss to coat, and spread in an even layer. Bake, stirring once, until eggplant is lightly browned, about 25 minutes.
While eggplant is roasting, cook penne according to the package directions.
Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Drain pasta, place in a large bowl, and add tomato mixture, eggplant, and cheese. Toss to combine, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

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2 Re: Whole-Wheat Penne With Eggplant and Ricotta on 5th November 2009, 9:14 pm

just out of curiousity...coz I could do with increasing my fibre intake...have u ever seen wholewheat pasta for sale here and if so where? Maybe it is avaliable everywhere but I can't remember ever seeing it.

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3 Re: Whole-Wheat Penne With Eggplant and Ricotta on 5th November 2009, 9:45 pm

I am sure i have seen it in a few Farmacia here and also in some big supermarkets they seem to have it under the diet section.

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4 Re: Whole-Wheat Penne With Eggplant and Ricotta on 6th November 2009, 4:31 pm

interesting that just coz it is a whole food it has to be in the diet section..and then of course they can bump up the price...like the wheatabix.............criminal!

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