Goat cheese melts into the tomato sauce, giving it a wonderful earthy flavour.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2005

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • 2 eggplants (each about 1 lb/500 g)
  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Method

In large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium heat; fry garlic just until golden, about 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the salt, pepper and 1 large basil leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and mixture can mound on spoon, about 45 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days; reheat to continue.)

Meanwhile, shred remaining basil; set aside.

Meanwhile, cut eggplant into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes; toss with remaining salt. Let stand in colander in sink until moisture is released, about 20 minutes. Pat eggplant dry, wiping off salt.

In skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. In batches, fry eggplant until golden brown, about 4 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove to paper towel-lined tray.

Meanwhile, in saucepan of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, about 10 minutes; drain and return to pot. Add tomato sauce and half each of the eggplant and shredded basil; toss to coat. Pour into large serving dish; sprinkle with cheese and remaining eggplant and basil. Toss to serve.

Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 6 servings:</b> about

  • Sodium 941 mg
  • Protein 12 g
  • Calories 398.0
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Cholesterol 3 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 64 g

%RDI

  • Iron 26.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 54.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 11.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 20.0
  • Vitamin C 65.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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