Ratatouille Pasta

  • Serves: Serves 4; about 1 1/4 cups pasta plus 1 cup sauce per serving


Basically Italian, this dish gets a spicy kick from salsa. The sauce also may be spooned over toasted French bread, bruschetta style. Try small pieces for an appetizer or large pieces for open-face sandwiches.


10 ounces dried whole-wheat spaghetti
1 tablespoon salt-free all-purpose seasoning blend
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
14.5-ounce can no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup salsa (medium hot preferred)
1/2 cup water or low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup thinly sliced or chopped fresh basil, heavy stems removed

Cooking Instructions

In a stockpot, prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil and adding the seasoning blend. Drain in a colander. Set aside.
Pour the oil into the pot and swirl to coat the bottom. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook the onion for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the eggplant and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the undrained tomatoes, salsa, water, and capers. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

To serve, run the pasta, still in the colander, under hot water for 20 to 25 seconds to reheat. Drain well, shaking off excess water. Transfer the pasta to plates. Spoon the sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle with the basil.

Cook's Tip

Capers are packed in brine. To remove excess salt and the briny flavor, rinse them in a strainer.

Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
Total Fat
4.5 g
Saturated Fat
.5 g
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
1 g
Monounsaturated Fat
2.5 g
0 mg
256 mg
72 g
16 g
13 g
13 g

Dietary Exchanges

3 1/2 starch, 4 vegetable 

This recipe is reprinted with permission from American Heart Association One-Dish Meals, Copyright © 2005 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.