Melanzane al Pomodoro

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Cooking Melanzane al Pomodoro is perfect this time of year when farms are abundant with eggplant and tomatoes. My Eggplant Sauce recipe is without a meat/protein in the ingredients, but feel free to add grilled sausage, chicken, or shrimp if desired. If you are looking for that under thirty minutes to-cook-to-table dish without compromising flavor for time, this is it. And, you can create variations on this recipe, which is very easy to do. 

This pasta sauce is great served warm or chilled added with a tube shaped pasta.

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George's Eggplant Sauce

Makes 4 servings 

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1/4 cup olive oil

2 cups eggplant, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

8 cloves garlic, chopped

6 plum tomatoes, deseeded and chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup pitted calamata olives, chopped

1/2 cup white whine

1 cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, thyme, hot pepper flakes

2 Tablespoons pine nuts

2 Tablespoons fresh basil

parmesan cheese to taste and fresh black pepper

Preheat a large nonstick saucepan.  

Add half the olive oil; then eggplant, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and bell pepper.  Cook until light brown.  Add the wine, chicken broth, olives, dried basil, oregano, thyme and hot sauce.  Cook for 10 to 12 minutes.

Top with remaining olive oil, fresh basil and pine nuts.

Excellent with a rigatoni or tube shape pasta.

Summer Garden Pasta

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If you are looking for that under thirty minutes to-cook-to-table dish without compromising flavor for time, this is it. And, variations on this recipe are very easy to do. My summer garden sauce recipe is without a meat/protein in the ingredients, but feel free to add grilled sausage, chicken, or shrimp if desired. Adding fresh summer corn adds sweetness and a little texture to this fresh pasta dish.

This pasta sauce is great served warm or chilled added with a tube shaped pasta.

Chef George Hirsch Summer Pasta

George's Summer Garden Pasta

Makes four servings

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1 pound spaghetti or linguini

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 green zucchini squash, cut into small pieces 

4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine

¼ sweet onion, chopped

1 pint grape tomatoes, split in half

½ cup fresh basil, chopped

1 cup fresh green beans, split and steamed

1 ear fresh corn on the cob, steamed and removed from cob

½ cup fresh ricotta

¼ cup parmesan cheese

pasta water, variable

4 fresh basil leaves to top pasta

fresh ground pepper to taste

Note: The amount of pasta water you will need to add to sauce will depend on the quality of pasta you use and how hot your pan is when adding water to pasta. 

Pre heat a large saute pan to medium heat while waiting for water to boil. Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, green squash and cook for 2-3 minutes until light brown in color. Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, corn and ½ of the basil. Cook for about 5 minutes over a low heat, until the tomatoes cook down. Meanwhile, steam green beans al dente and reserve. 

Bring a large pot of water to a good rolling boil. Cook the pasta until it is al dente, reserving a small amount of pasta cooking water.

Remove saute pan from the heat and reserve. Drain the pasta, and immediately toss it into the saute pan, mix well. Immediately add the remaining olive oil to the hot pasta and blend using a large kitchen fork or tongs. Add a 1/4 - 1/2cup of pasta water and continue to mix well. Top with remaining basil.

Top with additional cheese, basil, and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately with a small scoop of fresh ricotta and a basil leaf. 

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