Pasta Shells with Rocket Leaves

  • 09/06/2006
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 4
  • 50 min

Although Italian cuisine has become popular all over the world, there is no end to new ways of how to prepare the always popular pasta. Olive oil, pancetta (cured and dried bacon) and the tomatoes, as well as many other seasonings, as for instance rocket leaves in the following recipe make the dish tastier in a new way and prove that there is no end to creating new combinations.

Ingredients

  • 400 g pasta – shells or fusilli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 g onion, finely chopped
  • 150 g bacon, cut into thin strips
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 250 g tomato, peeled and diced
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 small hot chilli paprika, chopped
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 100 g rocket leaves, cut into wide strips
  • 100 g sheep cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Vegeta Gourmet Stock Powder

Preparation

  1. 1.
    Peel the eggplant, dice it and roll in flour. In a pan heat up the sunflower oil and fry the egplant shortly. Place them on the paper towel to drain the oil.
  2. 2.
    Cook the pasta in a large pot, of salted water. Save half a cup of the water for later.
  3. 3.
    Fry the onion and bacon in olive oil, pour over with wine and leave to cook.
  4. 4.
    Add the tomatoes, Vegeta Gourmet Stock Powder, pepper and chilli paprika.
  5. 5.
    Mix and cook until the liquid evaporates.
  6. 6.
    Add the fried eggplant, cooked and drained pasta and half a cup of the water you saved from cooking pasta.
  7. 7.
    Add the rocket leaves and mix well.

Serving

Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with grated sheep cheese.

Tip

You can use green radicchio instead of rocket leaves.

Little secret

Previously fried cubes of eggplant will keep their shape also after putting it into tomato sauce.

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 562 / 2.349 - -
Fat g 35,03 - -
Carbohydrates g 34,33 - -
Dietary fibre g 4,50 - -
Protein g 25,96 - -
Sodium g 1,23 0 0
Vitamin A μg 982,00 25 20
Vitamin D μg 7,19 4 4
Vitamin C mg 31,45 42 35
Niacin mg 7,47 53 37
Potassium mg 606,30 16 16
Calcium mg 266,63 27 27
Phosphorous mg 444,97 56 56

* 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.)