Eggplant with Buttery Rosemary Pasta

This eggplant pasta is an easy way to use summer-fresh eggplant once it starts piling up at the farmers’ market, grocery stores, and in all the CSA boxes. It’s a nice change from the perennial fried eggplant and easier to make, too.

Sautéed eggplant is combined with pasta and spinach in a buttery yet light sauce flavored with fresh rosemary, lemon, garlic, and shallot. This pasta recipe is fancy-ish but not fussy and a great way to put a dent in a bounty of eggplant.

overhead shot of a bowl of eggplant pasta.


  • Cubed eggplant
  • Farfalle pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Unsalted butter
  • Finely chopped shallot
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Minced fresh rosemary
  • Lemon zest
  • Chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • Roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • Salt and black pepper
ingredients for eggplant pasta.

About the Eggplant

For this recipe, I use a globe eggplant which is the most common variety sold at US farmers’ markets and grocery stores. There are 10 other varieties of eggplant and I’m sure many of them would work well in this recipe, too.

The size isn’t a huge deal – most globe eggplants are between 16 and 20 ounces big, but don’t worry too much if yours is a little bigger or smaller.

The easiest way to peel it is with a vegetable peeler. Just slice off some of each end and peel off the skin before dicing it.

And, no, you don’t need to salt and drain it first – yippee! If you’re going to fry eggplant, this is a good thing to do, but for a simple sauté it’s not necessary.

overhead shot of the buttery pasta and eggplant in the pan.

How to Make Eggplant Pasta

Boil the pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Once it’s al dente drain it and set it aside.

Sauté the eggplant cubes in olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once it’s tender, after about five minutes or so, remove from the pan and set it aside.

photo collage showing how to cook the eggplant and aromatics.

Melt the butter in the same pan and then add the shallots. Cook them until softened and then add the garlic and rosemary. After about two minutes add the lemon zest and chicken stock.

photo collage showing the chicken broth, pasta, and spinach being added to the pan.

Simmer the liquid until it’s thickened. Add the cooked eggplant, cooked pasta, and fresh spinach. Stir and toss the pasta until the spinach wilts.

Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese for serving.

overhead shot of the pasta being stirred in the pan.


  • Meat: Feel free to add cooked shredded chicken or diced grilled chicken to make it more filling.
  • Pasta: Bowties are cute but other short pasta shapes will work great, too, like penne.
  • Herbs: Instead of rosemary, try other fresh herbs. If you want to use fresh thyme, add it with the garlic. For tender herbs like fresh basil leaves, parsley, or chives, stir them in at the end with the spinach.
  • Spice: Like some heat? Add a few pinches of red pepper flakes when you cook the eggplant.
  • Sauce: To make it vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock. You can also use some white wine – use about 1/4 cup and reduce the amount of stock.
  • Garnishes: Add some grated Parmesan cheese, crumbled feta cheese, or even a spoonful of ricotta on top when you serve it.

I hope you give this eggplant pasta recipe a try – Enjoy!

a bowl of eggplant pasta garnished with Parmesan cheese.

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Eggplant Pasta with Rosemary Butter Sauce

buttery eggplant pasta with rosemary.

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Tender sauteed eggplant tossed with spinach and pasta in a buttery rosemary sauce with garlic and shallots.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and set aside. In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the eggplant until tender, about five minutes or so. Depending on the size of your pan you may need to cook the eggplant in batches. Once cooked, remove the eggplant from the pan and set it aside.
  2. In the same pan melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook them until they soften. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook it all for another minute or until the garlic softens. Add the lemon zest and chicken stock.
  3. Turn the heat to medium heat and allow the liquid to reduce until it has thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta, eggplant, and spinach tossing all of it together. The spinach will wilt, although you can cover the pan for a minute or so to help it along if you prefer. Serve and enjoy!


Optional garnishes: Serve it with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese.


  • Calories: 686
  • Sugar: 10.1g
  • Sodium: 692.3mg
  • Fat: 24.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 98.6g
  • Fiber: 8.7g
  • Protein: 18.7g
  • Cholesterol: 32.3mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Post and photos updated from the archives. First published in August 2009.


  1. I recently watched an episode of Martha Stewart. She had a guest on who did some fried eggplant… the secret,,, deep fry it it doesn’t absorb nearly the amount of oil and remains crisp and tasty

  2. I was looking for a recipe that used my favorite meat substitute, eggplant. This one is a keeper. Really easy and delicious! I did roast the eggplant cubes with olive oil and salt instead of frying, and I cooked them a bit in the thickened sauce. Highly recommended!!

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