Spaghetti with Grilled RatatouilleGrilled vegetables—that summer side dish staple—easily become a satisfying main course when turned into a vibrant sauce for spaghetti.

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ripe plum tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 12 oz.), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch rounds on a slight diagonal
  • 2 baby eggplants (about 12 oz.), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch rounds on a slight diagonal
  • 1 large red bell pepper (about 8 oz.), stemmed, seeded, and quartered
  • 1 large red onion (about 1 lb.), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 small head garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. herbes de Provence
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 12 oz. dried thin spaghetti
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese

Directions:

  1. Prepare a high gas or charcoal grill fire. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, onion, and garlic with 3 Tbs. of the oil, the herbes de Provence, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  2. Put the vegetables (tomatoes cut side up) and garlic on the grill in a single layer and cover. Grill the tomatoes without turning until their skins have darkened and their flesh is soft; grill the remaining vegetables, turning once, until grill-marked and tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer the tomatoes and garlic to a medium bowl. Transfer the remaining vegetables to another medium bowl and let cool briefly.
  3. When cool enough to handle, very coarsely chop the zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper, and onion; return to the bowl and add 1/2 cup of the olives to the bowl.
  4. Slip the garlic cloves out of their skins into a food processor. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of olives, the tomatoes, and the remaining 1 Tbs. of oil; process until smooth.
  5. Meanwhile, bring 3 quarts of well-salted water to a boil in a large pot. Cook the spaghetti in the water about 1 minute less than the package timing for al dente texture. Reserve 1/2 cup of the water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.
  6. Toss 1/2 cup of the tomato-olive sauce and the basil and marjoram with the warm vegetables in the bowl. Toss the remaining sauce and the reserved cooking liquid with the pasta; stir over low heat for about 2 minutes so the pasta absorbs some of the sauce. Divide the pasta among 4 plates, top with the vegetables, sprinkle with the cheese, and serve.

Nutrition information (per serving):

Calories (kcal): 660; Fat (g): 28; Fat Calories (kcal): 250; Saturated Fat (g): 6; Protein (g): 19; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 17; Carbohydrates (g): 86; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Sodium (mg): 1260; Cholesterol (mg): 15; Fiber (g): 11;

Source: http://www.finecooking.com