Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Marinara

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 25 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 1 hr
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 1 large Fresno chile pepper or Holland chile pepper
  • 1 large head garlic
  • Sprig fresh rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 medium-large firm eggplant
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing eggplant
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Char the skins of sweet and hot peppers to black under a broiler with oven door slightly ajar, to prevent steam build up or place directly over stovetop flame. Cover the charred peppers and cool, peel, and seed. Reserve.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut head garlic to expose the cloves, dress in extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Press the garlic into the chopped rosemary and coat the cut cloves. Wrap the garlic up in foil and roast 40 to 45 minutes, until soft but still moist.

Halve the eggplant lengthwise and brush with extra-virgin olive oil. Season the eggplant with salt and pepper and place cut-side down on baking sheet and roast to very tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool the eggplant until easy to handle, then scoop the flesh away from skins and add to a food processor with roasted garlic and roasted sweet and hot peppers, then puree.

In saucepan, heat the stock and tomatoes. If the tomatoes are whole, break them up. Stir in the eggplant-pepper mixture and add basil and oregano, salt, and pepper, to taste.

Simmer sauce to combine flavors then cool and store for make-ahead meal.

Reheat over medium heat.

Boil long, curly pasta in salted water to al dente, toss the pasta with sauce and serve with cheese and a sprinkle fresh parsley.

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  • on April 15, 2013

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    Excellent. I made two changes. I added one roasted poblano pepper instead of the requested holland pepper. I also added sliced black olives that added another texture to the dish and complimented it well.

    next time I might try adding some artichoke hearts as well.

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  • on June 28, 2011

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    This marinara sauce is AMAZING!!!! I can my own marinara in large quantity every summer so I know a little about pasta sauce. I might try to can a few quarts of this sauce to add to my pantry. It will be alot of work but well worth it. Definitely a keeper! Any chili pepper works in this recipe - just use the one to suit your taste. My hubby loves this sauce too. And the long fusilli noodles are very fun - as Rachael said. I couldn't wait to twist them up on my fork! FYI - I got the noodles on Amazon as it is not a typical grocery store pasta.

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  • on June 27, 2011

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    WOW! This is a wonderful marinara, my partner has stomach issues and can not handle the heat so I left out the Fresco (hot) pepper completely. It has great flavor and is easy to make. LOVE IT!

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