Pasta With Eggplant and Pork

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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Place chicken stock and saffron threads in a small pot. Bring to a simmer to infuse and concentrate flavor.
  • Meanwhile, peel half the skin off the eggplant. Dice very finely into 1/8-inch pieces. Sprinkle with salt and reserve.
  • Place a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta.
  • Heat olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add pork and lightly brown while finely crumbling it into tiny bits. Season with fennel, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, thyme and a little chili pepper.
  • Squeeze any liquid from the eggplant then stir it into the pork. Cook about 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently until eggplant is tender. Deglaze with white wine, stir a minute then add reduced saffon-infused stock – about 1 cup. Stir in cream and simmer over low heat while pasta cooks.
  • Cook pasta to al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup starchy cooking liquid, then drain and toss the pasta with the sauce, adding liquid as necessary to combine. Toss 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve in shallow bowls topped with freshly grated Pecorino and a bit more thyme for garnish.
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