Why is it still so hot here in Southern California?!!!! It was like we were teased with a week of Fall weather, and then we were hit with some serious heat again! Please come soon Fall, you are my favorite time of year...
OK, so I had no clue whatsoever what I was going to make for dinner tonight while I was wandering the grocery store earlier today (which is pretty much always how it is, I wing it with what I feel like at the moment). Sometimes I want a nice, cold crispy salad, and other times I need something warm, hearty, and comforting. I was leaning toward the comfort food today, and for me, comfort food is often linked with hearty mushrooms and eggplants. So I threw some of both in the cart, along with some cherry tomatoes, rosemary, and whole grain noodles. What resulted for dinner was soooooo delicious and totally hit the "comfort food" spot. I am looking very forward to the leftovers! Enjoy my friends!!
Creamy Spaghetti with Roasted Eggplant, Portabellos, and Cherry Tomatoes
serves 4-6 main courses
What you Need:
1 pckg. whole grain spaghetti noodles
16 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
2 Portabello mushrooms, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium purple eggplant, diced into 1 inch pieces
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 sprig (about 3 Tbsp.) fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
2 1/2 tsp salt
cracked black pepper
1/2 cups vegetable broth
3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Tbsp. Veganaise (vegan Mayo) I know this seems weird, but it works, and its so good!
1 cup fresh Italian parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large rectangular (9x11) pyrex baking dish, add everything except the noodles, Veganise, and Parsley. Cover and cook for 35 minutes, then uncover and cook for 5 additional minutes. Take out of the oven and add the Veganaise and parsley. Stir and taste, adding any additional salt if needed.
While the vegetables are roasting, Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the noodles. Drain, and add the veggie mixture to the noodles. Toss to incorporate everything together.