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Lucky Penne Alla Norma

By: Dan - The Food in my Beard (@tfimb on Instagram & TikTok)
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Lucky Penne Alla Norma

takes 40 minutes

serves 2


1 large eggplant, chopped into 1 inch cubes

Salt, pepper, olive oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

14 oz crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 box GOODLES Lucky Penne

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more for garnish

about 15 leaves fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 450.

  2. Toss the eggplant with salt, pepper, and olive oil and add to a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring once, until browned and reduced in size.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the Lucky Penne according to package instructions. When the pasta is almost done, reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Strain the pasta and hold until ready to use. 

  4. Heat a heavy bottom skillet to medium heat with the olive oil and add the garlic, salt, and chili flakes. Cook about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. 

  5. Stir in the roasted eggplant and oregano. Stir in the cooked pasta and pasta cooking liquid. Stir in the parm. Simmer for 2 more minutes, then remove from heat. Stir in the fresh basil. 

  6. Serve with more parm!


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