Farfalle with Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

The end of summer is here and with it comes some of the year’s best produce. Sweet watermelons, juicy peaches, delicious zucchini and vibrant tomatoes are just a few and you will find the highest quality and most ripe ones at your local farmers market. On a mission form Barilla Pasta, the family and I set out one Sunday morning to our local farmers market to find delicious produce to create a recipe with Barilla PLUS Pasta. Not only did we grab us a car load of goodies, left with bellies full of watermelon, but we had a blast meeting vendors and farmers and tasting everything fresh from the farm.


The advantage to shopping at your local farmers market is that the produce is local. Not only are you supporting your local farmer but the produce reaches you faster than it would by sitting on a truck and then on a grocery store shelf for an extended period of time. When a fruit or vegetable is picked it immediately starts to lose it’s nutritional value and flavor. The faster you get it on your table the more delicious and nutritious it is for you.


Another benefit of going to a farmers market is you know exactly where your food is coming from. You can talk to the farmers about what they use to grow their produce and if they use hormones or antibiotics on livestock. If these things are important to you as they are to me then you have an opportunity to ask. We love going to our local farmers market. Not only do I know I’m getting the freshest food possible for my family but I find it’s a great way to educate children about food. Its exciting for them, especially if they get to sample as they go and Mia never says no to a Farmers Market trip.

the challange

My challenge from Barilla was to create a family friendly meal using fresh Farmers Market ingredients and Barilla PLUS Pasta, a multi-grain pasta that comes in a variety of pasta shapes. To add even more nutrients to pasta meals, an excellent option is Barilla PLUS, a premium, multi-grain pasta rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Barilla PLUS line of pastas are made  from a unique multi-grain blend that includes semolina (coarse durum wheat), oats, spelt and barley, as well as legumes, ground flaxseeds and oat fiber to provide a good source of protein, ALA omega-3 and fiber.  It delivers 44 percent more protein and almost twice as much fiber than traditional pasta.

We came home from the Farmers Market with sweet cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and these small Japanese eggplants and I immediately thought of a roasted tomato sauce to deliciously coat the pasta with. While I was at it, why not roast the vegetables as well. I mean, lets make it easy right? It all came together as a fantastically bright and flavorful end of the summer pasta dish that I now crave on a weekly basis.

the verdict

I found Barilla PLUS pasta to have exceptional texture that cooked to a perfect al dente. The flavor was comparable to any other good quality dried pasta on the market and it had a little bit of a nutty quality that I preferred. After reading the ingredients and nutritional values, my husband who is an ultra-marathon runner (yes, crazy I know) favored Barilla PLUS over traditional pasta. All-in-all I would definitely cook with Barilla PLUS again.

the giveaway

The giveaway is now over and the winner has been notified. Did I mention there’s a giveaway? Barilla and I would love for one InSockMonkeySlippers reader to win a $25 Visa gift card and 2 boxes of Barilla PLUS pasta to make your own farmers market pasta creation!

To enter: Leave a comment about what your favorite pasta recipe is or what your favorite thing about your farmers market is. The giveaway will end Monday, September 17, 2012 at noon central. USA residents only, please. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by e-mail. Good luck!

the recipe

Farfalle with Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, and Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

for the sauce:

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 12 basil leaves

for the pasta:

  • 1 box farfalle pasta
  • 2 zuchinni
  • 1 medium eggplant*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* I used 6 small Japanese eggplant from the farmers market.

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Follow the cooking instructions for the pasta.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatoes and garlic cloves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the garlic and tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. With your hands, toss the tomatoes to evenly coat with the olive oil. Set aside.

Dice the zucchini and eggplant in bite sized cubes and place on a separate baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle the eggplant and zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. With your hands, toss the eggplant and zucchini to evenly coat with the olive oil.

Place the tomatoes on the top rack of the oven and the zucchini and eggplant on the bottom. Roast for 10 minutes and then rotate the pans, the tomatoes on the bottom and the zucchini and eggplant on the top. Roast for another 10 minutes until the tomatoes begin to split. Remove the roasted tomatoes. Continue to roast the eggplant and zucchini for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.

Place the tomatoes, garlic, marscapone cheese, and basil leaves into a food processor or blender and purree until blended well.

Taste and add any additional salt or pepper if needed. Here’s the point where you shake your behind and do a little happy dance because that was just too simple to taste that amazing! I love this sauce and use it for many different dishes (including to poach fish in but that’s a different post).

Next, drain the pasta well and place it in a large mixing bowl. To the pasta, add the roasted tomato basil sauce, eggplant, and zucchini. With a spoon gently fold everything together until combined. Plate and serve. Garnish with shredded basil and parmesan cheese if desired.

Simple. Simple. Simple. This pasta dish is so flavorful, creamy, and fresh that you will be amazed how good it is.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from Barila PLUS. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This sounds so good! Awesome idea!

  • Jennifer Counseller

    You want me to pick only one favorite pasta dish?? I could eat pasta everyday. I love a good carbonara and a good meat sauce and Alfredo. Wait I didn’t pick just one … I can’t do it!!

  • Kim

    All of the veggies we can get together with either shrimp or chicken, lightly sauteed, and tossed with a penne or farfalle and an artichoke and garlic cream sauce we love.

  • Puppydogs

    Oh my favorite thing about the market is the colors of all the fresh produce-I love the colors.
    I am also a people watcher. It is a great place to watch people-of all ages :)
    This recipe sounds amazing!

  • Heather Hicks

    My favorite pasta recipe contains roasted cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, pesto, wilted spinach, lemon juice, and a splash of white wine mixed with farfalle.

  • Susan S

    I love farfalle or penne with whatever veggies are on hand and a tomato, cream sauce with parmesan. Yum…think I might make some now!

  • Kel

    I love pasta with a healthy white sauce and asparagus. I also like the Barilla pasta as well! thanks.

  • Deb W

    I love all pasta! However, if I had to pick my favorite today, it would be traditional spaghetti and meatballs!

  • Mami2jcn

    I love lasagna with ground turkey.

  • Margaret

    I have a low fat creamy chicken pasta recipe made with farfelle, chicken, peas, lemon juice, lemon peel, chicken broth and low fat cream cheese. Delish!

  • Lisa

    I love Barilla Farfalle with the Pioneer Woman’s Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks. My family loved it, too!

  • Cortney Ward

    My favorite pasta dish is a crawfish lasagna that a local restaurant makes sometimes. Crawfish, spinach, white sauce, and some cajun seasonings. Divine

  • Evonne

    My favorite pasta dish is so simple and yummy. You simply brown butter in a pan (enough to coat the pasta and make a bit of a sauce), add plenty of grated or shredded parm. cheese, your favorite steamed veggies, and ENJOY!

  • shelby king

    that looks delish and easy! I will have to try this weekend. thanks! I love all your recipes!

  • Kate

    Pasta with broccoli and chicken in a garlic cream sauce. Yum!

  • Shelly

    It’s a toss up between penne alla vodka and penne arrabiata.

  • Ann

    My favorite pasta recipe is oh no simple but oh so delicious! Butter, lemon juice and zest, garlic, and oven roasted jumbo shrimp. I love buying gorgeous produce from the farmer’s market and figuring out how to assemble it into something delicious.

  • Candy Davis

    I LOVE farmers markets! I used to buy all sorts of fresh veggies, steam them up a puree them for my son’s when they were babies, that way I knew what they were eating was healthy and fresh!
    Now, we just bring home a ton of local fresh fruits and veggies to last the week – and both my boys, 6 & 3 really like veggies, so I buy A LOT!
    I like to grab some zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms, toss them in olive oil and grill them out on the BBQ, paired with a nice piece of grilled salmon and some room temperature al dente pasta tossed in a fresh arugala and basil pesto, topped with fresh grated pecarino romano – what could be better for Sunday supper??

    You dish looks fabulious too – I just love grilled/roasted veggies!

  • Andrea

    My favorite thing about the farmers market is the local Texas peaches.

  • alicia

    Favorite summer pasta: heirloom tomatoes with authentic ricotta salata ( not the cheaper stuff unfortunately), olive oil, fresh Basil, and a delicate pasta (cappelini or farfalle). Only cook the pasta, the rest stays as is!

  • manda

    I like pasta with fresh tomato sauce!

  • Cori

    My favorite part of the farmer’s market is talking with the vendors and finding out the stories behind their delicious products.

  • Phyllis G Davis

    My favorite pasta dish is vine ripe tomatoes cut up with fresh basil a sprinkling of grated garlic over fettuccine..a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and topped with grated fresh mozzarella.

  • Cynthia

    That would be manicotti.

  • meredith

    I like making pesto out of yummy summer herbs!

  • Lethea B

    I love pasta about any way I use it=)

    I LOVE our Farmer’s Market! It’s so nice to being able to meet the people who have worked to bring such beautiful and delicious food to our table, it’s like each meal has a story behind it!

  • Leanne

    YUM! This looks delicious! My husband is gluten-intolerant so we don’t eat much pasta, but I LOVE homemade mac and cheese!

  • Babs

    My favorite pasta dish is chicken pesto pasta with penne, red peppers, onions and parmesan. The best!

  • Jamie

    My family’s favorite pasta dish is Shrimp and Farfalle pasta with pesto. So fresh and light. Even my husband loves it!

  • maureen

    There are a few ways I love pasta with one being Veggie rotolo which has a spinach noodle with marinara sauce and spinach and ricotta mixed together. So so good.

  • Salina

    pasta salad with roasted and grilled veggies (whatever looks good at farmer’s market)and baby mozzarella, dressed with sun dried tomato balsamic vinaigrette. even better the next day!

    • Salina

      ooops! roasted and raw veggies!

  • Alaine

    My fave thing about our farmers market is the variety of food items :)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  • Jennifer Wiedner

    I love going to the farmers market and getting fresh veggies

  • Tara

    I love so many pasta dishes…it is so hard to choose just one. I guess my favorite would have to be Rigatoni Bolognese with Italian Sausage.

  • Lury

    I love the farmers market it’s full of good things to challenge you to eat better. My favorite pasta dish is one I came up with years ago I call it pasta pie it has all sorts of goody in it but most of all it easy.(penne pasta, black olives, pepperoni red peppers, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese bake in a bowl). My family loves it.

  • Katy

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I can’t wait to try this! My curent favorite pasta recipe is the one where I puree veggies into the sauce so that my 17month old won’t know they are there. Ha! She would LOVE this one!

  • Wehaf

    My favorite thing about the farmers market is finding fruits and veggies I’ve never cooked with or eaten before. It helps me expand my culinary repertoire!

  • Sleepyheadedmom

    This post as well as all of the comments are making me so hungry right now. :)

    I like everything when it comes to pasta. One of my favorites is grilled shrimp and scallops with a butter sauce over angel hair pasta.

  • Deanna G.

    I love Spaghetti Marinara!

  • susieq

    My fav thing…of course doc said to lose weight…no pasta or white rice. Easy to do…NOOOOO but the culinary stomach looks up something else to cook like with the wheat pasta.

  • Abby

    Pasta & sweet potatoes!

  • Sandra Chrane

    I absolutely love pasta. especially anything with farfelle, or penne. And I love homemade marinara.

  • Heather!

    Oh my…how could I possibly choose my favorite pasta dish?! It’s like *Sophie’s Choice*. Okay…I will say that my favorite is Spaghetti Carbonara…but that’s probably because I have a serious goo for that today! ;)

    Thanks so much! Your recipe looks amazing!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  • lindsey

    My favorite thing about the farmers market is the people and their stories! And my favorite pasta dish is chicken spaghetti!

  • Manuella

    Tried this recipe last night – it was amazing. Thank you again and again!

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