What to do with all those eggplants and bell peppers… ?
Any eggplant ragu sauce leftovers ?
No problem! Use them to make this fabulous ricotta spinach lasagna as soon as possible or just mop them up with a piece of crusty bread. I can’t decide what my favorite way to enjoy them is.
I Hope You’ll Really Love this Roasted Eggplant Ragu! It’s:
Roasted Eggplant Ragu with Polenta
Easy roasted eggplant ragu with tomatoes and roasted peppers over a bed of golden yellow creamy polenta. Rich and meaty but without the actual meat. Legit!
- 2 large eggplants
- 2 red bell peppers
- 28 oz can San Marzano Tomatoes (lightly crushed)
- 1/2 yellow onion -diced
- 5 cloves garlic -minced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 pinch sea salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 cup cashew milk (optional)
- 1 leaf bay
Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium high flame and roast the peppers until charred on all sides. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a lid or towel and allow to cool.
Use a knife to poke the eggplant in a few places to help steam escape while roasting so the eggplants won’t explode in your beautiful kitchen. Please poke them 🙂
You can use the same skillet you roasted the peppers in to cook the eggplants or broil them until charred. Allow them to charr nicely on all sides then transfer to a bowl until cool enough to handle.
Use your hands to remove the peels from both the roasted peppers and eggplants and discard the core.
Transfer to a cutting board and dice the peppers. Finely chop the eggplant and set aside until needed. (Alternatively you can use a food processor if you prefer a smooth texture, we like it more rustic).
Preheat a large skillet or pot over medium flame. Add a splash of water and saute the onion until translucent. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another minute or so until you can smell the fragrance.
Stir in the smoked paprika, oregano, roasted peppers and eggplant then add in the San Marzano tomatoes. Give everything a good stir and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 45 minutes on low flame until the sauce has reduced and thickened to your liking. Season to taste with the sea salt.
Meanwhile prepare the polenta:
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and slowly whisk in the cornmeal. Add the bay leaf and a pinch of salt and bring back to a gentle simmer. Partially cover with a lid and cook for about 45 minutes until thickened to your liking making sure to stir often. Remove from flame and stir in the coconut milk. The polenta will continue to thicken as it cools down so don’t worry about it not being quite as thick as you expected.
Divide the polenta between 4 bowls and top with the roasted eggplant ragu. Serve garnished with the fresh basil.
- For a more hearty variation of this recipe just add in about 1 lb of wild mushrooms and toss it with a short whole wheat pasta.