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Eggplant Pesto


  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-3 cloves garlic, pureed
  • 2-3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chile flakes or chile powder to taste
  • Thin spaghetti or other pasta of your choice
  • Optional garnishes: additional Parmesan cheese, slivered sundried tomatoes, fresh basil


Roast the whole eggplant until the skin is blackened and the flesh has collapsed and is very soft. ‘ You can do this on a grill, in a dry heavy pan on the stove top, or in a hot oven. ‘ When the eggplant is cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop the flesh into a small food processor. ‘ Add the garlic, olive oil, cheese, optional chile and puree ‘ Toss with hot pasta and top with optional garnishes One recipe makes enough for 1-2 servings of pasta.

Submitted by Paula Redinger, Tucson CSA