Not everyone loves eggplant, but if you are an eggplant hater, do you by chance like baba ghanoush? This creamy eggplant linguine is similarly all about the eggplant, but in a disguised way. By roasting it and letting it melt into a sauce you lose that spongy texture which so many people object to.
This aubergine recipe does comes with a disclaimer, one eggplant technically makes enough to satisfy two people, but if you have a healthy appetite for smokey, smooth, eggplant you may want to keep this all for yourself. Or make double.
The other warning? After you make this your hands and breath will smell like you have be teaching girls guides wilderness skills while warding off vampires. On second thought, maybe you should encourage everyone in your house eat it.
Creamy Roasted Eggplant Linguine(serves 2)
First things first you will need to roast your eggplant. The easiest way to do this over a gas burner if you are lucky enough to have one. A little advice, though? Line the bottom of your stove with aluminum foil for an easy cleanup and turn your hood fan on! Turn the eggplant until charred on all sides. Alternatively this can be done on a barbecue or under the broiler. Remove to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
Allow to cool and steam for at least 10 minutes. Remove and discard the skin and root end. Roughly chop into a small dice, this should basically just turn into pulp, if it isn't very tender then you probably didn't roast it enough. If there is any excess juice reserve it with the eggplant.
Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Add a heaping tablespoon of salt and add your pasta. Meanwhile, in a small skillet add the tablespoon of oil, the chili flakes, anchovies and whole garlic cloves. bring the oil to medium low or until you see gently bubbles around the garlic and chili, stir regularly. Cook for 3 minutes when bubbling. Add the chopped eggplant and any juices and bring the heat up to medium. Cook for another 3 minutes, stirring often. Drain pasta when ready and reserve.
Remove garlic if desired. Add cream and bring to a simmer, simmer for 1 minute. Turn heat back to low and toss in lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley and pasta and toss in a big bowl. Serve grated cheese on the side.