Last month Eat2Explore visited the farm for a fresh food demo. Eat2Explore is meal Kit system with the mission of igniting a passion for cooking! Rowena the founder and Claire stopped by to prepare a pasta dish.
Eat2Explore is a food subscription service which focuses on getting kids interested in preparing their own food. The theme of the dishes changes from month to month. During September the country/region was Italy. See the recipe below!
Penne with Eggplant, Tomato, Seasonal Greens and Ricotta Cheese
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 eggplant cubed
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1 bunch of collard green chopped
- 3 sprigs of basil roughly chopped
- 6 oz organic penne pasta
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Italian spice mix: 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, ¼ tsp thyme
- Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and sauté until tender, about 2-3 Add garlic, eggplant, tomatoes and collard greens; cover and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground Add the Italian spice mix and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in ½ the basil and cook until it’s wilted about 2-3 minutes. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
While the sauce is simmering, boil a pot of salted water over medium-high heat. Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta in a colander. Add pasta and ¼ cup of the reserved pasta cooking liquid to the simmering sauce; toss to coat. Place large dollops of ricotta cheese evenly on the pasta. Drizzle the surface with olive oil. Divide the pasta between plates and top with remaining ricotta. Enjoy!