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Cheesy Eggplant & Tomato Penne

Wait, there’s eggplant in there? This flavorful combo will have the family focused on a second helping rather than the assortment of veggies. Plus, eggplant is often called brain food due to the many health benefits of the vegetable.

Nutrition Tip: Did you know that eggplants are actually a type of fruit? There are many varieties, but all contain powerful antioxidants in the peel that support a healthy brain, heart, and skin.

Cheesy Eggplant & Tomato Penne

Cheesy Eggplant & Tomato Penne

Wait, there’s eggplant in there? This flavorful combo will have the family focused on a second helping rather than the assortment of veggies. Plus, eggplant is often called brain food due to the many health benefits of the vegetable.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small RealSweet® sweet onion, diced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cup whole grain penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup shredded lowfat mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant and garlic, and cook 3 minutes. Add onion and cook 5 minutes. Add tomatoes (undrained), salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes. Add pasta and stir to combine.
  2. Served topped with cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 11gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 347mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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Amanda Keefer

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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