Monday, November 26, 2012

Baked Vegetable Fettuccine

I have been hankering a vegetarian meal for a while just to take a step back from meat which we seem to have every night of late with the exception of the occasional fish dish.  I remembered a pasta dish I used to cook and new that would be exactly the taste and comfort that I wanted.

Not too heavy but definitely hearty and very basic to make.  The flavour intensed by the garlic and the nuttiness of the eggplant is complimented with the creamy layers of two cheeses, ricotta and mozerella.

This meal is not only very easy to make but it's very enjoyable and is also great the next day as the flavours do develop even more.

Baked Vegetable Fettuccine
(recipe adapted from WW Pure Points Cookbook)
Serves: 8
ProPoints per serve: 10
cooking spray
2 medium eggplants, sliced thinly
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 x 400 grams can diced tomatoes
freshly ground black pepper
500 grams fettuccine
500 grams extra light ricotta cheese
300 grams reduced fat mozzarella cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

Coat a frying pan with cooking spray and heat.  Add the eggplant slices in batches and good for 3 - 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.  Set aside.

Respray the same pan with cooking spray, heat and add onion and garlic.  Cook, stirring, until the onion is softened.  Stir in tomatoes and black pepper, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine in a pan of boiling water as per packet instruction or until tender.  Drain well.  Stir the tomatoe mixture into the fettuccine.

Spread 1/2 the pasta mixture over the base of the prepared dish. Top with 1/2 the eggplant, 1/2 the ricotta and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese.  Repeat layers finishing with a layer of mozzarella cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is hot and bubbling.

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