Rigatoni With Tomato, Eggplant, & Red Peppers

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This sauce goes well with a tubular pasta, such as rigatoni, or a long pasta, such as spaghetti. It benefits from slower cooking, becoming a rich sauce that is delicious accompanied by a leafy green salad. From The Classic Vegetarian Cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Warm 2 Tbsp of the olive oil in a saucepan over moderate heat, add the onion, cover, and cook until tender: about 5 minutes. Add the eggplant, red pepper, and garlic, cover, and cook for a futher 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour in the tomatoes with their juice, reduce the heat, and cook slowly, uncovered, until the excess liquid has evaporated and the sauce is thick and puree-like (about 20-25 minutes). Season to taste with salt and black pepper and keep warm.
  3. Pour 4 1/2 quarts of water into a large pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Drop in the pasta, give it a quick stir, then let the water boil steadily until the pasta is al dente: tender but not soft right through. Bite a piece to check.
  4. Drain the pasta but leave some water clinging to it, and return it to the hot pan with the remaining olive oil and a good seasoning of salt and black pepper. Toss the pasta to coat it with the oil.
  5. Pour in the sauce and toss the pasta once more. Serve at once, with flakes of Parmesan if desired, and basil leaves to garnish.
Most Helpful

This was a delicious topping for our spaghetti noodles. I got everything cooking then left it on a very low temperature (tended by my son's occasional stirring) while I went to do yoga. I let it simmer for about 1-1/2 hours and the eggplant just melted in our mouths! Like others, I added other spices: oregano, a dash of crushed red pepper, italian seasoning, some garlic powder (because the garlic alone wasn't enough for me), and a touch of honey to cut the acidity. Thanks!

SandwichQueen February 13, 2014

A good, easy, healthy recipe. Thanks! I used 4-5 cloves of garlic, and would use a small onion next time. Otherwise, perfect.

renalesk November 19, 2008

This recipe is wonderful! My husband and I really enjoyed a great tasting meal with out any meat. LOL I did add a few extra spices to my own dish. Some that I love to cook with. We will be adding this recipe to our monthly menus. Thanks a bunch.

kemerald October 15, 2008