lunedì 15 luglio 2013


Entree - complete meal - vegetarian and gluten free (READ NOTES AT BOTTOM)

This recipe has been gently provided by our friend Fabio.

1 lb Italian penne pasta
3 big eggplant
8 oz mozzarella, diced
2 1/2 cups true Italian San Marzano peeled tomatoes with their juice, crushed
5 oz smoked salmon
4 tbsp Italian extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tbsp feshly chopped basil
Salt, pepper, ginger

Preheat oven to 400F

Bring to a boil a large pot of water, when it boils, add salt and cook pasta.

In the meantime, wash eggplant, trim the extremities and cut them lengthwise; scoop out pulp, reserving it leaving about 1/2" all around, creating a
"boat". Sprinkle inside with a pinch of salt, place them, cutside down, in a lightly oiled baking pan and bake for about 15 minutes.

Dice the reserved eggplant pulp. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, warm up half of the olive oil and sautee 1 garlic clove until golden,
then add eggplant pulp and sautee for about 10 minutes, stirring; add a few tbsp of hot water if necessary. Add the tomatoes and their juice and cook
for 10 more minutes, then season with salt, pepper, basil and ginger.

In the same time, in another skillet, warm the remaining olive oil, sautee the other garlic clove, add salmon and season with salt and pepper; stir in wine and let
evaporate, then transfer to the skillet with the eggplant sauce.

Drain pasta al dente and transfer to the skillet with the sauce, toss to coat evenly.

stuff the eggplant boats with the pasta and sprinkle with mozzarella, return to the baking dish and broil for 3-4 minutes, until mozzarella is melted.

Serve immediately!

This recipe serves 6

- You can have a vegetarian dish, if you avoid salmon; and it can be gluten free it you use Italian corn penne (or other cut).
- You can use crushed Italian tomatoes, if desired. Italian tomatoes are the best (Italian STYLE does not mean Italian).
- A fresh mixed salad complements this meal perfectly!
- You can find the photo (and the original recipe in Italian) here: http://fabiomasterchef.cucinare.meglio.it/pennette-dei-fans-di-master-chef-di-fabio-del-buono/

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