Thick Spaghetti With Eggplant, Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Salata Sauce

  • Yield : 24 (1 1/4-Cup)
  • Servings : 24 (1 1/4-Cup)
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You won’t miss the meat here with a hearty eggplant sauce and toasty blistered tomatoes. Salty ricotta salata is the perfect garnish.


  • 3 lbs. Barilla® Thick Spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 lbs. diced eggplant
  • As needed sea salt
  • 2-Jan cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. diced yellow onion
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 30 oz. halved cherry tomatoes
  • 24 leaves fresh basil
  • As needed freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz. thinly shaved ricotta salata cheese


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in fridge. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Season the eggplant with sea salt. Transfer to colanders or drip pans and place weights on top. Allow to drain for 1 hour. Rinse excess salt from the eggplant. Sweat the onions and pepper flakes in the oil until translucent.

Step 3

Toss the eggplant with the flour and add to the onions. Cook until falling apart. Remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper. You can cook to this point and reheat later for service.

Step 4

For each serving, to order: Blister 1 ¼ ounces tomatoes in a little extra-virgin olive oil over high heat for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, add ½ cup eggplant sauce, and heat until warm. Reheat 1 cup of spaghetti in boiling salted water for 40 to 60 seconds. Drain and add it to the sauce. Add up to ¼ cup pasta water to reach the desired sauce consistency. Finish the pasta with ¾ ounce cheese and a drizzle of oil. Garnish with 1 basil leaf, torn into pieces

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (161g)
Servings Per Container 24 (1 1/4-Cup)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 290
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 125mg
Total Carbohydrate 49g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g

Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 0%
Iron 10%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.