Solar Cooking Recipe: Eggplant & Pasta

Eggplant & Pasta

Skillet Eggplant and Pasta is a simple solar cooking recipe, that combines all of the goodness of the garden into a light, delicious dish. Fresh vegetables from the market combined with fresh air cooking. Who can resist a dish that is bright, colorful, and tastes awesome?


  • 1/2 pound penne pasta (about 1/2 box)
  • Water to cover pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper
  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound) cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes (halved, if desired)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped


Instructions:Eggplant & Pasta

  • Place a large skillet on the heat ring of a parabolic solar cooker.
  • Add the penne pasta to the skillet.
  • Allow the water to simmer and cook the pasta until soft about 10 – 12 minutes.
  • When the pasta is soft, drain and remove it from the skillet.
  • Toss the pasta with a small amount of olive oil, then cover to keep warm.
  • Return the empty skillet to the heat ring, add a TBSP of olive oil and let it heat.
  • Add the chopped pepper to the skillet and lightly saute until the pepper is nearly tender.
  • Add the chopped eggplant to the skillet.
  • Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, and basil.
  • Stir and cook until the eggplant and peppers are tender.
  • Return the pasta back to the skillet. Add the cherry tomatoes, either whole or halved to your liking.
  • Stir to mix everything and make sure it is heated thoroughly.
  • Add the mozzarella cheese. Place a lid on top of the skillet to hold the heat in to melt the cheese.
  • Enjoy the meal.


Eggplant & Pasta on SolSource

Merry from Sunshine on my Shoulder

This solar cooking recipe is made by Sunshine On My Shoulder, and was first posted here. Merry Bevill is the owner/writer of Sunshine On My Shoulder, a complete guide to solar cooking. She has been solar cooking since 2008 and has more than 300 solar cooking recipes on her website.