Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cheese Tortellini with Eggplant and Goat Cheese

This is my all-time, favorite, fresh from the garden recipe! This recipe came from Rachael Ray a few years back. I even made this before I had a garden and goats! :) I love my Italian heirloom eggplant because they are so pretty and they taste good too! I grow two different varities, Rosa Bianca and Listada de Gandia, these are the Listada de Gandia. These seeds also came from Baker Creek.

2 small-to-medium eggplant (1 to 1-1/4 pounds)
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and Pepper
3 medium tomatoes, chopped (about 1/2 pound)
4 ounces soft goat cheese
1 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced
6 ounces dry cheese tortellini (I use one-half of a package of Barilla)



Trim half of the skin from the eggplant; cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add the olive oil, eggplant and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes.



Reduce heat to medium-low and add tomatoes.  Cook for another 5 minutes.








Add the goat cheese and basil and stir until the cheese melts. Cream cheese would also work!














Meanwhile, cook the tortellini according to package directions; drain well. Serve eggplant mixture over tortellini with a nice salad and some crusty bread. I like to serve hot Italian sausage as well. I hope you all don't think less of me but I also adore this left over, cold the next day! :)




6 comments:

TASO said...

Ok, I'm really hungry now! And those eggplants! I'll have to be adding those cuties to my garden next year besides the squash inspirations you also gave me! Love that Baker Creek website! Thanks for everything!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

This looks really yummy! I'll have to try your eggplant sauce! I love sausage on the grill this time of year too!
Deb

nancypo said...

I do something similar every summer- saute fresh garden veggies with lots of garlic, herbs and out over pasta! Yummy!

Candy C. said...

TASO,

I agree about the Baker Creek site! :)

Candy C. said...

Deb,

Thanks for signing up as a Follower! Hope you get to try the recipe soon!

Candy C. said...

Nancy,

Isn't it fun to just go with whatever is ready in the garden and cook up something wonderful?!?