Roasted eggplant & peppers with pine nuts & basil

I consume recipes voraciously. Surprise, surprise. I have an infatuation with trying every method ever invented in my constant and futile search for “the best”. Of course I have my staples, but I’m always reaching. This can be tricky, trying new recipes all the time, because how do you trust it’s gonna turn out okay? That’s a whole lotta faith. Some people don’t work like that. My mom, for example, has her greatest hits, like REALLY great hits, and keeps them locked into her playlist. She always knows she’ll receive accolades and OMG’s after making something, because she played the favorites up-front.

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One of her greatest is this orzo pasta with vegetables and feta that I don’t eat anymore. But, I can steal the best part, the roasted vegetables, and let them shine in their own glory. This. I made it as one of the dishes for my mom on her birthday a few weeks ago. I play it on repeat often, and I hope you will, too.

Roasted eggplant & peppers with pine nuts & basil
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Ingredients
  1. 2 small eggplants, cut into 1-inch dice
  2. 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch dice
  3. 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 1-inch dice
  4. 2 red onions, cut into 1-inch dice
  5. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/2 cup cooking fat (I used ghee, sub for coconut oil or olive oil in a pinch)
  7. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  9. 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  10. 1/4 cup basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. Set oven at 425 degrees F.
  2. On two large sheet pans, toss the eggplant, peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until browned and caramelized, turning a few times with a spatula. Let cool a little, and top with the pine nuts and basil.
Ashley Pardo http://ashleypardo.com/
  1. Santiago Pardo

    October 26th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Hey sweetheart you are absolutely correct
    Your moms Orso with vegetables is out of this world I could eat it all day
    Your roasted vegetables are also out of this world
    Great bright pictures of the vegetables !!!
    Every time I read your blog with all the delicious food I get very hungry like now !!
    Keep it up
    Love Dad

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