When we are busy during the week I like to make more complicated meals on Sunday. I have more time and usually there is a housewife marathon on that I can watch.
This Sunday I made Baked Angel Hair with Eggplant.
I usually use Giada’s recipe but this week I changed up some things because I was not sure I wanted all the puff pastry.
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Barilla)
1/3 cup olive oil plus another 1/3 cup
1 lb Spicy Turkey sausage
1/3 cup red dry wine (I used cupcake wine)
red pepper flakes
2 cloves of minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon)
8 ounces linguini
2 sheets puff pastry
First I begin boiling water for the linguini, because I have no patience for that kind of thing and this way I am doing something else instead of waiting for a pot to boil. Add the linguini when you are ready.
I cut the eggplant into 1 inch cubes and divided into 2 different groups for sautéing.
I used the first 1/3 cup olive oil and sautéed with 1 teaspoon of garlic and salt and peppered to my liking.
Repeat with the other group of eggplant. I divide into two groups because I just do not have a pan big enough to do it together. After you have sauteed both groups, reserve in a bowl.
Using the same pan, add 1/3 cup red wine and brown the turkey sausage. I use spicy because it gives it a little kick.
After meat has been cooked, add to the bowl of eggplant and add the jar of marinara (or spaghetti sauce).
At this point I add a little Habanero Tabasco Sauce.
If it’s Rich he adds like 6 drops, I usually stay around 3.
I mix everything together, noodles, meat, sauce, eggplant. Sometimes I shred some spinach and throw it in there but I did not today.
I also did not use cheese today because I was trying to cut out some of the calories and I thought this was an easy way.
I covered the dish with puff pastry, I used about a sheet and a half and saved the rest for something else.
Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.
In order to make it extra crispy I put the broiler on for 5 minutes but today I got a little scattered and it got a little bit burnt but still delish!
PS I am half a mile ahead of Rich. WOOOO HOOOO 🙂