Chickpea Rotini w/ Smokey Eggplant, Mint & Feta

Our girls love pasta, and so do we.  We like to swap out pasta for a vegetable based option.  We particularly like chickpea pasta and the benefits of the added protein.  The eggplant, mint and feta were a delicious addition to this dish. Our girls preferred it without the mint and feta, which easy to leave off. 
Pro tip: Add ground turkey or beef if you would like to add some animal protein.

Chickpea Rotini w/ Smokey Eggplant, Mint & Feta

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Japanese Eggplant Diced
  • 1-1/2 cup Mint Leaved & Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Lemon Juiced & Zested
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 8 oz pkg Chickpea Rotini Pasta
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese Crumbled

Seasoning

  • 1-1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 DegF.
  • Dice Eggplant and place into a medium bowl. Combine Eggplant, Olive Oil, Smoked Paprika and 1/2 tsp Salt stir until mixed throughout. Spread Eggplant mixture onto a lined rimmed baking sheet and then roast until Eggplant is tender and appears golden brown (approximately 20 mins)
  • While Eggplant is roasting, place Rotini into boiling salted water and cook per package instructions until al dente. Preserve 3/4 cup of pasta water and dump into blender, then drain remaining water through a colander.

    Add mint leaves, 1/2 tsp Salt and Lemon Zest and blend until Puréed.

    PRO TIP: Don't try this in a food processor unless you want the pasta water all over yourself and the walls of your kitchen. Speaking from personal experience.

  • Add 1 Tbsp Olive Oil and garlic to the bottom of the original pot. Cook until you can smell the garlic (approximately 1 minute), then return the pasta. Add the roast Eggplant, Lemon Juice and Mint/Lemon Zest mixture and stir until mixed throughout. Add crumbled feta and then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 467IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg
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Adapted from “Rotini with Smoky Eggplant, Mint, and Feta” found within Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D’Arabian

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