pasta bake with brocolini, egpplant, and mozzarella

happy first day of a new job to me! unfortunately, i celebrated by myself as jason is currently in seattle. still, i decided to make something delicious and enjoy a glass of wine as a reward for a good first day. so, i made a orecchiette and veggie bake:

makes 4 servings

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 1 bunch broccolini, chopped
  • 1 cup orecchiette pasta, dry
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ricotta

preheat oven to 350. in a large pot, heat olive oil and cook garlic. add in eggplant and broccolini. let vegetables cook for 8-10 minutes, adding a little water if necessary to make sure they steam.

in a separate pot, cook pasta. once pasta is al dente, drain, and add to the pot with vegetables. add salt, pepper, basil and cheeses. cook for 4-5 minutes. then, move pot to oven and bake for 7 minutes until cheese is melted into everything.

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