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Eggplant Basil Pasta

Ingredients

1/2 lb short cut pasta

1 eggplant, cubed

4 tbsp ricotta cheese

5 grape tomatoes

Fresh basil

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Extra virgin olive oil as needed

Salt for seasoning

Preparation

Place cubed eggplant on a strainer and let excess moisture drain out for 30-45 minutes

Toss eggplant with a small coating of seasoned, all purpose flour.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions on package.

In a hot saute pan, add oil and floured eggplant and crisp, then add tomatoes and al dente pasta.

Saute all together, and mix in cheese.

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