Eggplant and Arugola light pasta

Eggplant and Arugola light pasta

By 31/07/2014

During summer time we all are more self conscious about body image. It is great to be able to wear less clothes but at the same time those extra kilos will be more on display and can make us feel guilty about eating lovely and tasty foods.

But, hey it is all a matter of chosing the right foods and quantities are very important too. Italian dieticians recommend about 80 or max 100 g of pasta per person and pasta can be part of a succesfull slimming diet.

Today I like to share this light vegetarian pasta dish with grilled eggplant. You can grill eggplant in a few minutes on a griddle pan and finish off the dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. A few cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves will make this a very summery and fresh dish.

So you can head to the beach without any sense of guilt!


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes


Slice the eggplant into thin slices (about 4 mm thick) sprinkle some salt over them and let them rest for 10 minutes. Absorb the excess water with a kitchen towel then put them on a hot griddle pan. Roast them on both sides until soft.

grilling aubergines

Wash the tomatoes, cut some into halves and leave some whole. In a pan stir fry 2 cloves of garlic with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, salt and pepper and toss for a few minutes. Then add the eggplant and stir everything together for a further couple of minutes.

Light eggplant pasta with arugola and parmesan

Cook the pasta in salty water for two minutes less than cooking instructions, drain and stir well with the vegetables over a source of heat for the remaining 2 minutes of cooking. Add the rocket leaves and stir well.

Sprinkle with olive oil and serve with plenty of fresh Parmesan cheese.

Light eggplant pasta with arugola and parmesan

Light eggplant pasta with arugola and parmesan

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6 Responses to Eggplant and Arugola light pasta

  1. gloria

    I love aubergines Alida!

  2. Catherine

    I love dishes like this; using all the seasonal veggies that are available. It looks delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Ciao Alida,
    I hope as I am writing this you had a great day at the beach. This recipe looks so inviting. My mouth is watering while I am reading this post. Your dish is easy, delicious and also very healthy. A perfect meal for a summer day as well as it is made with the freshest ingredients. All of the items are so perfect together. Love the grilled aubergines with the tomatoes and pasta. Must be very tasty. I like the way it looks in the plate, very appetizing… thanks for sharing…enjoy! ‘Tutti, Mangia”
    Dottie 🙂

  4. Lucy Parissi

    I don’t think I have ever combine aubergine and pasta before but your dish looks so delicious I must give it a go!

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I love chargrilled aubergines! This looks like a wonderful summer pasta dish. I love how your recipes are so vibrant….. very Italian!

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