Pork and Eggplant Bolognese
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Bolognese, a richly flavored meat sauce that is a staple throughout northern Italy, has as many variations as there are cooks who prepare this time-honored dish.
uncooked ground pork¼ pound(s), lean
uncooked red onion(s)1 medium, finely chopped
garlic clove(s)1 clove(s), medium, minced
uncooked eggplant(s)1 pound(s), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
white wine⅛ cup(s), dry variety
canned tomato sauce8 oz
fennel seed¼ tsp, crushed
table salt¼ tsp
black pepper⅛ tsp, freshly ground
uncooked rigatoni4 oz, mini
basil¼ cup(s), fresh leaves, thinly sliced
- Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the pork and onion and cook until well browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the eggplant and water. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the eggplant is tender, 12–15 minutes.
- Add the wine to the skillet and boil 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato sauce, fennel, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until slightly thickened, 15–18 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting the salt.
- Stir the basil into the sauce. Drain the pasta, return to the pot, and immediately stir in 1 cup of the sauce. Spoon the pasta mixture into 2 shallow bowls and top with the remaining sauce. Yields scant 2 cups pasta and sauce per serving.