Simple Cremini Mushroom and Eggplant Parmesan Pasta

Summer Pasta Recipe - Cremini mushroom and eggplant parmesan pasta

For me, pasta dishes are an automatic go-to food in cold-weather months because of their comfort factor, but during the warmers season, pasta recipes can be transformed into the perfect dish for a fresh, bright meal that’s both simple and tasty.

After all, the greatest culinary gift of summer is the abundant amount of fresh summer produce. And by adding seasonable vegetables and fresh ingredients, pasta takes on a whole new meaning the warmer months. This easy pasta recipe is delicious, while being easy to make, and healthy to boot.

Easy summer pasta recipe packed with vegetables and delicious goodness!

Pusateri’s Fine Foods

I’ve teamed up with Pusateri’s to put together this fresh summer pasta recipe that filled with seasonal vegetables and ingredients that keep things light, tasty, and healthy.

If you’re not familiar with Pusateri’s, they’re a small, Italian neighbourhood shop that’s turned into a fine-food emporium with 6 locations around the city of Toronto that specializes fresh groceries, gourmet imported goods, and speciality products with a focus on local items.

I had a chance to tour their Yorkville location with their Head of Marketing, Leya, who shared the story of the family owned business and showed me the high standard and care that goes into selecting all the food and products that are brought into the store.

They have some of the best produce and fresh items that are purchased from the market every morning and delivered to their stores, along with a great selection of ready-made foods that are healthy and delicious.

I was really impressed by their wide, yet unique selection of items and how they really catered to needs and wants of the communities they served.

Shopping at Puseteri's Find Foods and came across this adorable heart shaped heirloom tomato.
             While shopping at Pusateri’s Fine Foods and I came across this adorable heart-shaped heirloom tomato.

Make this easy fresh summer pasta in 20 minutes or less!

Cremini Mushroom and Eggplant Parmesan Penne Recipe

About the Ingredients:

For this recipe I wanted to utilize fresh ingredients to celebrate the summer season that included cremini mushrooms, baby eggplant, baby spinach, and cherry tomatoes.

I find that mushrooms and eggplant make an ideal substitute for meat, providing a somewhat “meaty” base, while keeping the meal light. I also utilized fresh penne pasta from Pusateri’s, which I find makes all the difference when making a great pasta dish.

If you haven’t tried fresh pasta you simply must! It’s has a more delicate texture, and that works especially well for light summer dishes. This recipe is super easy and simple to make, yet comes together wonderfully for a light delicious meal that packed with vegetables and perfect to have as a summer meal. 

Market fresh ingredients from Pusetaris Fine Foods for summer pasta recipe

Ingredients for Summer Pasta Recipe:

  • 1 package for fresh penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese
  • 1 package of cremini mushrooms
  • 2 oz baby spinach
  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 baby Italian eggplant
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot

Make this easy summer pasta recipe with cremini mushroom, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant

Cooking Instructions:

1. Prepare the Ingredients
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
  • Wash and dry all produce
  • Halve lengthwise and thinly slice the baby Italian eggplant into half-moons
  • Cut the cremini mushrooms into quarters
  • Dice shallot into small pieces
2. Cook the Vegetables
  • In a large pan, add 1 tbsp cooking oil over medium high heat.
  • When the oil starts to shimmer, add the baby Italian eggplant and cook 5 min, stirring occasionally, until softened. Season with salt.
  • Remove eggplant from pan.
  • Add half the butter and swirl to melt. Add the cherry tomatoes and cremini mushrooms. Cook for 5 min, tossing occasionally. Season with salt.
  • Remove the vegetables from pan.

Preparing the fresh ingredients for your cremini mushroom and parmesan penne pasta

3. Cook the fresh penne pasta
  • Meanwhile, when the water comes to a boil, add the fresh penne pasta and cook for 4 to 5 min until soft but still firm to the bite.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Strain and drizzle the pasta with olive oil
4. Make the light white wine sauce
  • In the pan used for the vegetables, add 1 tbs of olive oil and heat. Once hot add shallots and cook for 4-6 minutes.
  • Add the white wine over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and cook 1 min to reduce.
  • Add the 1/4 cup fo pasta water and continue cooking to reduce slightly. 
5. Finish the pasta
  • Add the cooked pasta, cooked vegetables, and baby spinach to the sauce. Toss to combine and slightly wilt the spinach. Mix in 3/4 of the parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
6. Serve and Enjoy!
  • Plate the pasta and sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!

Make this easy summer pasta dish packed with fresh vegetables and ingredients.

Make this easy, healthy summer pasta recipe in under 20 minutes

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  • A.J. Sefton
    July 20, 2018

    This looks so good! Must try it.

  • Gursimrat
    July 21, 2018

    This is really a simple and delicious recipe to cook. I will try this one sans mushrooms. I like bit spicy and hot so I will add try with green chilies . Thanks for sharing.

  • notquitesupermommn
    July 21, 2018

    I love that you put eggplant in this salad. I would have never thought to add it in this dish, but now I really want to try it out!

  • cindyannlowedavis
    July 21, 2018

    Eileen, I love pasta and veggies! This looks good!

    Blessings, Cindy, DIY Bohemian

  • slofypilgrim
    July 22, 2018

    Omg it looks so yummm. Thank you for sharing this recipe

  • John Mulindi
    July 22, 2018

    This looks like a great and delicious dish. Something I need to try out! Thanks

  • foodopium
    July 23, 2018

    Love the recipe very simple, healthy and easy to make. thanks will try it.

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