Eggplant and Cream on Pasta
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Cups Eggplant, peeled and medium-diced
2 Cups Onions, medium-diced
2 Cups Fresh Mushrooms, quartered
1/4 Cup Red Bell Peppers, chopped
1/4 Cup Yellow Bell Peppers, chopped
1/4 Cup Green Bell Peppers, chopped
2 Tbsp Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Vegetable Magic®
1 1/2 Cups Apple Juice
3 Cups Your favorite pasta, cooked
Combine the heavy cream and cream cheese in a blender and process until smooth, about 30 seconds (the mixture will thicken like whipped cream). Set aside.
Heat the oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet, preferably nonstick, over high heat until the oil is hot, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the eggplant and 1 cup of the onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are well browned on the edges, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the remaining onions, the remaining eggplant, the mushrooms, red, yellow and green bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, until the eggplant is brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Add the Vegetable Magic. Continue to cook, stirring and checking the bottom of the skillet for sticking, until the seasoning darkens slightly, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the apple juice; scrape the bottom and sides of the skillet to clear it of all brown bits, and cook, scraping the bottom occasionally, until the apple juice has almost completely evaporated, about 7 minutes. Add the reserved cream mixture. Stir until the mixture returns to a liquid and comes to a full boil. Add the remaining apple juice. Return to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss until the pasta is heated through and covered with the sauce. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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