In this post, you’ll find an easy but delightful Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe. A dish to make when you want to eat something simple, healthy, and packed with Italian flavor and aromas: the delicate bitter of eggplant, the juicy carefulness of tomatoes, the summery and persistent aroma of basil, and the fluid shrouding of olive oil.

Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe
smashed garlic clove for the Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe

Wait for mid-summer or early fall to make this eggplant sauce, when both eggplant and cherry tomatoes are at their peak in flavor. You’ll need fresh basil because it contrasts the eggplant peel’s sharpness and donates fragrance to the tomatoes’ sweetness. Having a plant at hand would be the best.

Italian eggplant pasta sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Author Claudia Rinaldi


  • 2 eggplant 4 if small
  • 15-20 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 7 oz pasta of your choice - 200 gr
  • 4-6 basil leaves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt


  1. Dice the eggplant, place them in a colander and spatter them with a teaspoon of salt.

  2. Clean and cut the cherry tomatoes in two or four.
  3. Peel and smash the garlic clove with the blade of a big knife.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and brown the garlic. Remove it and add the eggplant.

  5. Cover and cook, medium heat and stirring every now and then, until the eggplant are well cooked - no white parts - and a little crust forms on the surface.

  6. Transfer them to a bowl, pour another teaspoon of olive oil into the pan, add the tomatoes, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt, cover and cook about ten minutes.
  7. Bring a big pot of salted water - about 8 cups and two teaspoons of salt - to a boil. Toss in the pasta and cook it according to package directions.

  8. Cut a few leaves of basil with your hands and sprinkle the tomatoes. Toss in the eggplant and mix, turn off the heat, cover, and set aside.

  9. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Mix well and sauté a minute or so, high heat.

  10. Serve hot and enjoy your Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe!
eggplants for the Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe
dicing eggplants for the Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe

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smashing the garlic clove for the Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe
smashed garlic for an easy Italian eggplant pasta sauce
cut cherry tomatoes for the Italian eggplant sauce recipe
cooking the Italian eggplant pasta sauce

Enjoy your eggplant pasta.