This roasted eggplant marinara sauce is a wonderful vegetarian option for Italian night. Serve over freshly cooked pasta.
2 pounds eggplant, rinsed, ends trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
About 1/4 teaspoon salt
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and diced (1/4 in.)
3 cans (28 oz. each) crushed or ground tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon hot chili flakes
How to Make It
In a 12- by 15-inch baking pan, mix eggplant with 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake in a 400° regular or convection oven, stirring once, until eggplant is browned and soft when pierced, 30 to 35 minutes.
Pour remaining tablespoon oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium heat. When hot, add onion and remaining 2 tablespoons garlic. Stir frequently until onion is very limp, 5 to 8 minutes.
Add tomatoes, basil, sugar, oregano, chili flakes, and roasted eggplant. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have broken down slightly and mixture is thick, 35 to 40 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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