This is my take on my all-time favorite restaurant meal, Evelyn's Favorite Pasta, from the Cheesecake Factory. It's a simple combination of simple ingredients, but so satisfying. Please, adjust to your heart's content! This dish is amazingly open to interpretation based on your own personal taste. :)
- 12 ounces penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
- 1 lb broccoli floret
- 1 lb eggplant, sliced into rounds and then halved
- 6 sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 cup artichoke heart, cut in half
- 1⁄4 cup kalamata olive, cut in half
- 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- shredded parmesan cheese
- Heat oven to 400.
- Place all vegetables on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast to desired doneness.
- In a large bowl, toss roasted vegetables with pasta, basil and toasted pine nuts. Adjust olive oil, salt and pepper to your taste.
- Serve with Parmesan at the table.
This was a delicious way to get our 5-a-day of veggies today! The preparation was quick and easy - chopping, boiling and roasting were all complete withing 45 minutes so it made a great weeknight meal. I used canned quartered artichoke hearts (drained) and was amazed by the flavor they acquired through roasting. I also agree with your comment about interpretation. Other veggies such as zucchini and mushrooms would lend themselves to this dish - whatever was ripe in the garden or on special in the produce section. Great stuff SweetJezebel - thanks!
This was SO good, the flavor was amazing! Thank you so much!
This is my favorite menu item at The Cheesecake Factory. I came home and decided to try to recreate the recipe, but found your version and decided to give it try. I did make some changes as per what I wrote down for ingredients while at The Cheesecake Factory: I added some yellow bell pepper in addition to the red, I aded some chopped fresh tomatoes in addition to the sun-dried, I added about 2 tablespoons of butter to the finished pasta and also added basil pesto to the pasta. Thank you for posting this recipe and giving me a platform to interpret! Absolutely delicious!