I am honored to announce I will be hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week!
For those of you who don’t know – it’s a weekly pasta event for bloggers that was started by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast. Any dish that includes pasta in one of its many forms is eligible. Be sure to mention that you are submitting it to Presto Pasta Nights with a link to the website and mention that I am hosting with a link back to me. Then send me your entries: cinnamonyspice (at) gmail (dot) com and cc ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com by Friday the 18th (by 3 p.m.) with the permalink, your name, your blog’s name, and the name of your dish. Check the submission guidelines for more information. Don’t forget to check back here on Friday night for the round-up of carbilicious deliciousness!
My entry is this nourishing and wholesome vegetable-packed Ratatouille pasta. Thinly sliced zucchini and eggplant are sauted and flavored with garlic, onion and Italian seasonings then simmered with tomatoes and artichokes to make this quick, easy and light dish.
This is a new favorite of mine that I actually get cravings for. It’s given me a new appreciation for zucchini, a veggie I’ve not thought of fondly in the past. This is a very forgiving recipe; add more veggies or omit one. My Mom makes it with just zucchini and tomato. This recipe grew from hers.
The secret here is to slice the zucchini and eggplant real thin and then into bite-size pieces or you will end-up with thick slices of mushy, unappealing vegetables. I eat this as a main dish but it may not be hearty enough for some. Serve it as a side or toss in some cooked protein like chicken or shrimp if that’s the case. Serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin Olive oil, generously topped with Parmesan and crusty bread.
Do you eat whole wheat or whole grain pastas? Have a hard time convincing your family to eat them? I have to share another secret: Barila Whole Grain tastes just like regular pasta. It has the same exact texture, flavor, and consistency. I’ve tried a lot of different whole wheat/grain ones where the texture or flavor was weird. I promise you this is not. Your family won’t even know the difference if you tell them it’s regular pasta. I promise.