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Macaroni with Rocket Leaves

  • 14/06/2006
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 4
  • 35 min

The Ligurian cousine presents their pasta imaginative and with inspiration. Rocket has been known from the Roman times and is a favourite in the modern Italian cuisine. Rocket grows wild and its young leaves are a favourite as a salad in the whole Mediterranean region. Why not try a new recipe?


  • 350 g pasta, “penne” type
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 120 g rocket leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 300 g eggplant
  • 30 g pine nuts
  • 50 g black olives, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 20 g butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Vegeta Gourmet Stock Powder


  1. 1.
    Cook pasta in salted water “al dente”, which means that they should not be overcooked.
  2. 2.
    Drain pasta and keep half a cup of the liquid they had been cooked in.
  3. 3.
    Peel the eggplants, sprinkle with salt and leave aside to rest shortly. Drain them on paper towels. Cut them into small cubes.
  4. 4.
    Fry the eggplant in preheated butter in a larger saucepan.
  5. 5.
    Add garlic, pepper, olives and Vegeta Gourmet Stock Powder.
  6. 6.
    Separately, fry the pine nuts, for a short time only.
  7. 7.
    Add to eggplant: cooked pasta, olive oil, half of the pine nuts and add half a cup of the saved liquid.
  8. 8.
    Cook shortly and when almost done, add coarsley chopped rocket leaves, parmesan cheese and mix well.


Serve hot after having sprinkled with the remaining pine nuts.


To make it even better, you can add to this meal finely chopped prawns.

Little secret

Add the rocket leaves just before end of cooking, to keep the freshness and colour.

Energy and nutritional values

Energy and nutritional values are calculated per one serving (i.e. for 1 person). For a dessert, energy and nutritional values have been calculated per 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 394 / 1.647 - -
Fat g 23,94 - -
Carbohydrates g 34,12 - -
Dietary fibre g 5,13 - -
Protein g 12,87 - -
Sodium g 2,93 0 0
Vitamin A μg 1.557,02 39 31
Vitamin D μg 6,30 3 3
Vitamin C mg 9,43 13 10
Niacin mg 5,03 36 25
Potassium mg 391,65 11 11
Calcium mg 233,97 23 23
Phosphorous mg 222,71 28 28

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)