This simple recipe for eggplant noodles is tossed with a quick tomato basil sauce and lots of parmesan cheese for a fresh summer meatless meal.
I’ve come a long way with eggplant. This recipe for maple orange roasted eggplant explains my history with the vegetable perfectly.
In the almost 7 years since that recipe (woah, it’s kinda crazy how long ago that is!) we’ve been on the up and up.
I don’t know why it never occurred to me to try making eggplant noodles with my spiralizer before this summer but it just didn’t.
I’m very glad the idea finally popped into my head though because this faux-pasta approach might just be one of my favorite ways to now enjoy eating eggplant.
I made a quick chunky tomato basil sauce to go with the eggplant noodles, threw in a bunch of freshly grated parmesan and it was like the epitome of summer in my bowl.
The perfect light meatless meal or easily a great base for some grilled chicken, sausage or, crispy tofu for a more filling meal.
How To Make Eggplant Noodles
You’ll notice I didn’t in fact use my spiralizer for this eggplant noodle recipe though. I used my beloved julienne peeler instead.
And here’s why – eggplant will literally turn to mush in the spiralizer. It just doesn’t hold together well enough due to the texture of the eggplant and you end up decimating the vegetable rather than turning it into noodles.
I’ve had my trusty julienne peeler for years. It’s what I made these super popular zucchini noodles with avocado cream sauce and many of my other “zoodle” recipes with before I bought an actual spiralizer.
And as it turns out, it’s the perfect tool for transforming eggplant into eggplant noodles. So, put the spiralizer away because to get spiralized eggplant you’re gonna need a julienne peeler.
Ok so you have eggplant noodles. Now what?
If you’re wondering what to do with these gorgeous eggplant noodles, well so was I…
I was so excited to get these perfect strands after my first attempt with the spiralizer butchered them that I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to cook them in or with. Ha.
Because it’s the middle of summer, I went the simple route. A basic chunky tomato sauce, lots of fresh basil and of course, parmesan cheese.
It’s basically a 20 minute meal or side dish (it can go either way) and it’s just fun!
Because you guys get excited about finding new ways to eat the same foods fun, right?
Or is that just me?
For those of you into the lower-carb thing, these eggplant noodles definitely fit the bill.
They’re a fun way to feel like you’re eating pasta when really, you’re just getting your veg on.
If you want to make this dish even more like a true pasta with tomato sauce, give this 20 minute tomato sauce.
It’s a bit more traditional and smoother so it’ll coat the eggplant ‘pasta’ more evenly than the chunkier diced tomato sauce in this recipe.
The one *trick* to this eggplant noodle pasta is not overcooking the eggplant once you put it in the skillet.
Just like the zucchini in these Chinese chicken zoodles, you only want to cook the eggplant for 1-2 minutes to soften. Anything longer than that and the vegetable starts to release its water and you’ll end up with a soggy mess on your hands.
Err on the side of undercooking rather than overcooking in this case.
Once the eggplant is in the pan, you basically just want to toss to coat in the sauce and barely heat it through. That’s enough, I promise!
I really want to try eggplant noodles with pesto instead of tomato sauce next. Doesn’t that sounds like another great summer option?
If you love this easy eggplant noodle recipe try one of these too:
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper to taste
- 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, liquid mostly drained
- pinch dried basil
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- handful torn fresh basil leaves
- Trim ends of eggplant then make eggplant noodles using a julienne peeler. Set aside.
- Place olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, add onions and cook for about 3 minutes until softened.
- Lower heat to medium, add garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Add drained diced tomatoes and dried basil.
- Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes until tomatoes are broken down a bit.
- Add the eggplant noodles to the skillet. Carefully toss with the tomato mixture until softened, about 1-2 minutes. (*see note)
- Add the parmesan cheese and fresh basil to the skillet. Toss once more and serve immediately with more parmesan and basil if desired.
*Be mindful to not cook too long or the eggplant will start to release its water and the noodles will end up soggy.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 342 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 849mg Carbohydrates: 45g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 14g Sugar: 18g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g