Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

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This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it’s also great over zucchini noodles, polenta or as a side dish on it’s own.

This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great over zucchini noodles, polenta or as a side dish on it's own.
Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

Eggplants, also known as aubergines, belong to the nightshade family of plants and are used in many Italian dishes. They are nutrient dense and high in antioxidants. It’s actually a fruit, and great in so many vegetarian dishes like these meatless Eggplant Meatballs, Eggplant Parmesan and Eggplant Rollatini.

This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.

Years ago when I worked in Astoria NY in my first job as a graphic designer, we always ordered lunch from a great little Italian restaurant that made the best pasta with tomatoes and eggplant. It was like a marinara sauce, only better because it had little tender pieces of eggplant. Even then I used to go home and recreate my favorite dishes.

This takes less than 3o minutes to make, and just 5 ingredients. Because the sauce is made with just a few ingredients it’s important to use good quality extra virgin olive oil (I love Delallo) and tomatoes.

Eggplant soaks up a lot of olive oil, so I recommend using the 2 tablespoons suggested, if not more. Totally optional, but fresh grated Pecorino Romano cheese on top is a must in my house!

You can double this recipes and freeze half. To freeze, let it cool completely then transfer to freezer safe storage bags or containers and freeze up to 3 months.

Tips and Variations

  • Use this sauce in place of marinara sauce to make baked ziti, it comes out delicious!
  • If you’re not a fan of the skin, you can peel it before cooking.
  • Serve it over pasta, zucchini noodles or eat it as a side dish.

This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.

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This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.
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Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

127 Cals 3 Protein 16 Carbs 7 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 28 oz can plum tomatoes including juice, I like Tuttorosso
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • chopped basil or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large deep skillet, when hot saute the garlic in olive oil.
  • Add eggplant and cook about 3 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  • Coarsely chop tomatoes and add them to the skillet along with the juices.
  • Season with salt and pepper and simmer, uncovered about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add fresh chopped herbs and serve over your favorite pasta.

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Notes

Served over 2 ounces uncooked pasta, it would be 8 WW smart points per serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 127kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: Eggplant and Tomato Sauce, eggplant pasta sauce, Stewed eggplant and tomatoes, Vegetarian Meals, vegetarian pasta sauce

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Photo Credit: Jess Larson

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61 comments

  1. We used egg noodles as the base with this reclpe  like a spaghetti and sauce. I added mushrooms and chicken sausage – absolutely delicious. Adding my home grown dried basil  made the flavors meld. Good recipe and we will be freezing more than half. Really good to be able to add extras and only enhance it.

  2. it was so easy, a simple recipe from the past when people didnt eat so much meat. We didnt have garlic so i used cajun, less pasta and a little cheese. i know it changes the whole flavor profile but it was delicious. 🙂

  3. Just made this today with some fresh San Marzano -style tomatoes from my old Italian friend.    Boiled tomatoes for 3 min so that peels would come off easily.  It was delicious and will definitely make again!!

  4. I like that all the eggplant is used and that it is almost an instant sauce. Yum. I will mushrooms next time.

  5. I used crushed San Marano tomatoes (all I had) plus a little pasta water and consistency was perfect. I also finished the pasta in the sauce.

  6. My three year old declared to me at dinner, “Mommy, I LOVE this stuff!” I haven’t heard those words from her very often with food. This is now going to be a regular dinner option! We ended up making noodles, pouring this sauce on top, then topping with mozzarella and putting in the oven on 350 until cheese was melted. So delicious! Thanks for an easy way to use eggplant!

  7. Great way to use up eggplants and tomatoes from the garden. I added some pasta water and added fresh oregano and parsley from our garden. Top off with some ricotta before eating. Really good.