Is your late-summer garden or farmers’ market overflowing with squash, tomatoes, and basil? Well, you’re in luck! This recipe celebrates the season’s bounty with roasted vegetables and cavatelli pasta. Cavatelli are small pasta shells (shaped like mini hot dog buns) whose little crevices are ideal for capturing the juices from the roasted vegetables. We designed the roasted vegetables especially for our Basic Homemade Egg Pasta Dough shaped into cavatelli, but it would also be delicious over 1 1/2 pounds store-bought fresh pasta or 1 pound dried pasta. The recipe, which makes 11 cups sauce, uses two sheet pans to allow the vegetables to spread out, get tender, and develop good roasted flavor. They’re seasoned with a little pesto — feel free to use extra for more flavor if you like. Ricotta salata is a salty and tangy cheese perfect for crumbling into this pasta dish, but if you can’t find it, crumbled feta is a great substitute. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Ashley Strickland Freeman.
- cooking oil spray (or vegetable oil)
- 1 eggplant (small, cut into 1-inch pieces; 1 eggplant is 1 pound and about 4 1/2 cups)
- 1 pt. grape tomatoes
- 1 red onion (cut into thin wedges)
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (plus more to taste)
- 2 zucchini (small, cut into 1-inch pieces; 2 zucchini are about 2 3/4 cups)
- 1 yellow summer squash (medium, cut into 1-inch pieces; 1 squash makes 2 1/2 cups)
- 1/4 cup pesto (store-bought or homemade, plus more to taste)
- cavatelli (Basic Homemade Egg Pasta Dough, shaped into cavatelli; or use 1 1/2 lb. store-bought fresh cavatelli or 1 lb. dried cavatelli)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (plus more for serving)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (plus more for serving)
- 4 oz. ricotta salata (or feta cheese, crumbled)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Coat 2 large sheet pans with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
- In a large bowl, toss together the eggplant, tomatoes, and onion with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and divide evenly between the sheet pans. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Add the zucchini, yellow squash, and pesto to the vegetables, stirring to coat. Roast until the vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes longer.
- While the vegetables finish roasting, cook pasta according to recipe directions. Drain, saving a few tablespoons of pasta water. Return the pasta to the cooking pot and add the roasted vegetables, basil, and lemon juice. Gently toss in ricotta salata and season to taste with more salt, pepper, and lemon. Top with additional basil, if you like.
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