One Pot Vegan Pasta

Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Serves: 4


12 ounces dry pasta*
1/2 small eggplant, cubed
2 cups cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced and divided
1.5 cups vegan marinara sauce
2 cup water
2 tsp sea salt + more for eggplant
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
Optional: Fresh parsley or basil for finishing

Rinse and dice eggplant into small, bite-sized cubes. Place in a colander in the sink and sprinkle generously with salt to draw out some of the moisture. Wait 20-30 minutes, then rinse and pat thoroughly dry with a towel. Set aside. If you're short on time, skip the eggplant and double the mushrooms.
Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2-3 Tbsp olive oil, the eggplant and 1 clove of minced garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp sea salt and stir. Sautee for 3-5 minutes or until a golden brown color is achieved, then add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more or until all of the veggies have color. Set aside and cover - you will top the pasta with it.
To the same saucepan, add the pasta, water, marinara sauce, the remaining cloves of garlic. Start with 1.5 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp black pepper (you will likely add more later depending on the saltiness of your marinara/your personal taste).
Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer until the pasta is cooked to al dente - will vary depending on kind of pasta - but typically an average of 10 minutes, stirring once or twice so it doesn't stick to the pan.
Once cooked, stir and taste to adjust seasonings. I added more salt and fresh herbs at this point.
Remove from heat and top with eggplant-mushroom mixture and more fresh parsley or basil. Serve immediately. Serves 3-4.



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