Tagliatelle with eggplant, pesto, and cherry tomatoes
- Difficulty: Easy
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 25 min
- Serving: 4 people
- Cost: Average
Rice salads and cold pasta dishes are a firm fixture among the top 10 summer first courses, timeless dishes made with fresh and colorful seasonal vegetables, with eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and green beans bringing a whole range of flavors to the table. But if you’re in the mood for a warm, appetizing dish, why not give our recipe for tagliatelle with eggplant, pesto, and cherry tomatoes a try? This creamy, captivating pasta made with garlic-free pesto is a comforting summer dish guaranteed to delight your palate at first bite, flavored simply with a handful of multicolored cherry tomatoes, tantalizing diced eggplant, and a few spoonfuls of pesto, making it perfect for a Sunday lunch. So, why not add this delicious tagliatelle to your summer culinary repertoire!
- Egg Tagliatelle pasta ⅔ lb (300 g)
- Cherry tomatoes 7 oz (200 g) - multicolored
- Eggplant 6 ½ oz (180 g)
- Basil to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil to taste
- Fine salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Water ½ cup (120 g)
How to prepare Tagliatelle with eggplant, pesto, and cherry tomatoes
To make your tagliatelle with eggplant, pesto, and cherry tomatoes, first prepare the garlic-free pesto using the instructions found in our practical guide. Wash and dry the eggplants, trim them 1, and cut them, first into slices and then into cubes 2. Now prepare your cherry tomatoes by washing them, drying them, and slicing them in half 3.
Heat a little olive oil 4 in a pan, pour in the eggplant, and brown over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes 5, season with salt and pepper 6, and stir.
Make the sauce fragrant by adding the washed and dried basil leaves 7, and pour in around ½ cup (120 g) of water 8. Cook for around 10-15 minutes, or until the water has evaporated and the eggplant is cooked, then turn off the heat 9. In the meantime, heat a pot of salted water for cooking the pasta.
Cook the tagliatelle until al dente 10. Drain the pasta and pour directly into the sauce 11, diluting with a ladleful of the cooking water 12.
At this point, you can also add in the pesto 13 and toss the pasta to combine and develop the flavor 14. This will take just a few minutes. Serve your tagliatelle with eggplant, pesto, and cherry tomatoes piping hot 15.
Store your tagliatelle with eggplant, pesto, and cherry tomatoes in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days. Not suitable for freezing.
For an extra aromatic note, try deglazing the vegetables with white wine.