Classic Italian-American baked ziti with roasted eggplant, spicy red pepper sauce and oodles of melted, gooey cheese including ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan.
The eggplant shrinks after roasting so it kind of disappears under all the layers of pasta, cheese and sauce but adds a little something extra special to its overall flavor.
You can get away with feeding this to eggplant/vegetable-haters without saying a word about it. When and if they do notice it will be at the point of no return.
Too late they’ll be hooked by its charms and won’t even give a care.
Of course you can always skip the eggplant. Up the pasta to 1 pound in that case.
Red pepper flakes give a pop of heat to the sauce that wakes everything up bringing the flavors to life. Again, you can leave them out or cut the amount down if spiciness isn’t your thing.
Feed a broken heart, a bad day, or simply a hungry belly. Being of the utmost comfort it will sooth whatever ails you.
Body, mind and soul included.