Tortellini with Eggplant and Peppers

This Tortellini with Eggplant and Peppers recipe is a great meatless meal.  Eggplant, red peppers, and cherry tomatoes make this a tasty, hearty dish. This is another versatile meal.  Replace the  tortellini  with any other form of pasta, add artichoke hearts or sun-dried tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes…use your imagination!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pound cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-8 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the broth and tortellini. Cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes, or until the tortellini are cooked through and most of the broth is absorbed.
  • Add parsley and 1/4 cup of the parmesan. Serve in bowls and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese.
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