Here's a quick and easy first course from Chef Vito Bardaro.
Ingredients for 6:
Mezze maniche (pasta) 500 gr, taratufi 1 kg,500 g eggplant, one bunch of basil, 3 dl of extra virgin olive oil,, 300 g cherry tomatoes, 5 dl of sunfloweer seed oil, 200 gr flour, salt and garlic to taste.
Wash the taratufi, tomatoes and eggplant well. Cook the taratufi with the extra virgin olive oil and a clove of garlic by adding a little water. Cover and cook until they open. Once they have opened, shell them and keep them in their liquid (which has been previously filtered) Next, sautè the tomatoes. Cut the eggplant into matchstick sized slices, flour them and fry.Toss the pasta (which has been previously boiled in salted water until al dente) with the taratufi, tomatoes, basil, and eggplant.