Cook the Book: Roasted Pine Nut & Eggplant Sauce

Roasted Pine Nut and Eggplant Sauce

1 large eggplant, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups diced tomatoes, peeled and seeded (or 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes)
3/4 cup red wine
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts

Place the eggplant in a strainer and lightly sprinkle with salt.  Set aside to drain excess liquid for up to an hour.  Heat a large pot over medium heat; and add the olive oil and onions and cook until translucent. Add the eggplant, garlic, salt and pepper and brown the eggplant. Add the remaining ingredients except the pine nuts.  Simmer for 30 minutes. While the sauce is simmering place the pine nuts in a sauté pan and roast them over medium heat until they are golden brown, stirring often.  This takes about 5 minutes. When you are ready to serve, either stir in the pine nuts or sprinkle them on top. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Serves 4-6.