Wednesday 5 November 2008

Roast Vegetable Pasta Sauce with friends

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I didn't mean to not post for as long as I have, but things have been a bit manic. I've been quite busy at work, spending evenings preparing lectures and getting some work ready for the Manchester Artist Book Fair on Saturday. (If you're in Manchester at the weekend, come along it's a great event and full of lovely handmade books and cards etc. which will make great Christmas pressies.) So there hasn't been much in the way of exciting cooking happening at my house.

The only exception was on Sunday night when my friends L. and H. came round for dinner, before we all headed out into town for some swing music and as we had hoped dancing. It turned out the club was too small and too busy for much swing dancing to be happening, but we had a lovely time nevertheless. Well, I say exception, the meal I made is not high dining or exceptionally beautiful, if that is what you're thinking now, but it is great in flavour, packed with vegetables and herbs and simple to make and that's what excites me every time I make this Roast Vegetable Pasta Sauce. Both L. and H. also seemed to enjoy it as well and we all had seconds.


However, before I share the recipe with you I have to say a big THANK YOU to Fiona over at The Cottage Smallholder, for passing the Kreativ Blogger Award on to me. Fiona, I'm thrilled and very excited to receive this from you. It is now my pleasure to pass this on to six other bloggers and also as part of the award I am meant to share six things that I like.


So, firstly here are the six blogs I would like to pass this award on to (as always in no particular order):

Cherrapeno, because I love the wonderful recipes and brilliant photographs and also because Nic has helped me out with some great hints about blogging.
Maninas: Food Matters, for hosting the Eating with Season's event every month, one of my favourite blog events out there.
Little Foodies, because I love the creative ways that Amanda makes her kids love food.
Domestic Goddess in Training, because Jules shares my love for seasonal produce and trying out new things.
Tinned Tomatoes, because Holler gets me really excited about vegetarian recipes as I'm cutting more and more meat out of my diet.
Operation Night Brace, because I know I would have given up by now, but Amy and Gareth are still going and make me laugh at a regular basis.

Now to the six things that I like:

The smell of freshly baked bread.
Sunflowers and all their yellow happiness.
Writing with a fountain pen.
My bicycle.
Sitting on the sofa with a good book and a pot of tea.
Finding some money in a coat or trouser pocket that I had forgotten about.

And finally, here is the recipe:

Roast Vegetable Pasta Sauce (serves 4)

1 large aubergine, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium courgettes, trimmed and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup vegetable stock

Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 7/400F.

Place the aubergine and onion into a large baking tray and drizzle with oil Season with salt and pepper

Roast for about 25 minutes, until they start to brown. Stir once or twice during that time.

Add the courgette and return to the oven for another 20 minutes or so.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, garlic, rosemary and thyme and put back into the oven for another 15 minutes.

Pour in the vegetable stock.

Add your cooked pasta and the basil to the tray and stir until the pasta is coated with the sauce.

Serve with freshly grated parmesan and a glass of your favourite wine.


Cottage Smallholder said...

Love your great recipe and your six things. Can identify with the money found in a pocket.

Thank you so much for takimg up the challenge.

Jan said...

Great pasta dish Sylvie! Congrats on your award. I liked reading your six things too.

Marie Rayner said...

Love your six things Sylvie, and that pasta sauce really has my taste buds tingling!

Nic said...

Thanks so much for the award Sylvie, and for saying such wonderful things about my blog - you made my day!
This is a great dish for the winter months, I can almost smell the aroma wafting my way!

Anonymous said...

This sounds good and is very similar to the vegetable lasagne I'm cooking tonight. I hadn't thought about just using it with pasta, great idea!

Jules said...

I love the sound of this pasta dish. Thank you for the award :)

Rosie said...

Ooh I love the look and sound of this pasta dish. Many congrats on your award:)

Rosie x

Trish Sharp said...

happy award!! yummy dish. oh and i found $10 in my jacket pocket the other day. yeah!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

First of all congratulations on your award Sylvie...then pass me a plate of this pasta ple4ase:D

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Thank you Sylvie, that's really kind.

Like your choice of six things and that pasta dish sounds fab.

Sam said...

Great looking pasta and congrats on your award, you deserve it!

You've been tagged! come over to see what.

Nina Timm said...

I am drooling over that pasta sauce....
Ps I left you an award, go check it out!

Hopie said...

That looks delicious, and beautiful! I love all the colors. Roast veggies are the best. Congrats on your award!

Anonymous said...

A good way to get children to enjoy veg, great as my 2 love pasta,

Wonderful blog,

Sylvie said...

Thanks everyone, sorry I haven't had time to reply individually!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sylvie,

Thank you so much for the award! I feel very honoured!

I'm so pleased you enjoy Eating with the Seasons. Your entries are always a great contribution, and I enjoy them very much!