Penne with Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini

Penne with Grilled Eggplant Recipe.

Grilled eggplant, zucchini, and feta pair well together in this Italian-inspired dish!


1large eggplant
1teaspoon salt
2small zucchini
1/4cup olive oil
1large tomato
16ounces package of whole wheat penne
handful fresh basil, torn
1/4cup feta, crumbled
2cups shredded chicken breast (optional)
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fill large pot with water, and place over high heat to boil. Preheat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Trim ends off eggplant. Slice in half then into ¾″ strips lengthwise. Place in colander in the sink, toss with salt and let sit for about 10 minutes. While eggplant is sitting, trim the ends off of your zucchini and cut each one into thirds, lengthwise. After 10 minutes, rinse eggplant and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Toss eggplant and zucchini strips with 1 T. olive oil. Place on grill or grill pan and cook for 8 minutes, turning once halfway through. You might have to work in two batches.
  4. Place grilled eggplant and zucchini onto a cutting board to cool.
  5. While vegetables are on the grill, boil your penne according to package directions.
  6. Chop tomato and grilled eggplant and zucchini into ¾″ chunks.
  7. Drain pasta and pour it back into the pot. Toss with eggplant, zucchini, tomato, basil, chicken, feta and remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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