Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Dinner...

Labor Day Weekend!!!

The last true weekend of summer! Its the last trip to the lake... to the beach... to the where ever your summer house/activities are, the last chance for a mini vacation... & in our house the chef & I like to take the last weekend of summer to sit pool side with family & friends... enjoying a nice meal, good wine & lots of laughs!

So in celebration of our relaxing labor day weekend... here is a super simple & totally yummy side dish for your next cook out!

Ratatouille Pasta Salad

2 cups diced peeled eggplant
2 cups sliced zucchini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 cup sliced onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Dash pepper
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1.Place eggplant and zucchini in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with salt and toss. Let stand for 30 minutes; rinse and drain well.
2.Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the eggplant, zucchini and onion in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, garlic powder, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3.Drain pasta; place on a platter. Top with vegetable mixture. Mix in basil leaves Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend... & be sure to check back tomorrow... I will have some really exciting news & updates on the Practical Magic Blog party!

♥ Tawny

1 comment:

The Blue Faerie said...

Yum! Have a good Labor Day, Tawny! :)