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Smoky Pasta with Eggplant

An easy pasta recipe filled with eggplant and vegetables. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: dinner, eggplant, vegan pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 432kcal


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  • 1 lb spaghetti or your favorite pasta
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms diced
  • 1 medium eggplant cubed (See Note)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  • Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms release their water and are nicely browned, approximately 7 minutes. Remove from the pan and put in a bowl and set aside.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet and add the eggplant and peas, sprinkle 1 tsp salt on top and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until the eggplant softens and is lightly browned. Stir often.
  • Put the onions and mushrooms in the pan with the eggplant and add the toasted pine nuts, garlic, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, and black pepper to taste and stir to combine. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot. Drizzle the remaining tsp of olive oil and the ¼ cup of vegan parmesan over the pasta and toss to coat. Fold in the eggplant and mushroom mixture to the pot until the vegetables are evenly distributed.


You can peel the eggplant if you like, but we recommend leaving the skin on for added texture.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg