Spicy Eggplant and Kale Fettucine

Spicy Eggplant and Kale Fettucine recipe served in a bowl.

Looking for a super quick and comforting dinner?
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Customize this recipe with whatever you are growing, add in some rogue zucchini or peppers or leave out the chili flakes if spice aint your thang. Use the recipe as a foundation to make your own creation. Cooking is jazz baby.

Spicy Eggplant and Kale Fettucine recipe served in a bowl.

Spicy Eggplant and Kale Fettucine

Looking for a super quick and comforting dinner? A quickie pasta with all the freshness is a great way to eat your veggies!
4.13 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Keyword: Plant-Based Eggplant Pasta, Spicy Eggplant Pasta, Vegan Eggplant Pasta
Author: Sara
Servings: 5


  • 1/2 large bunch kale rough chop
  • 2 tomatoes diced small
  • 1 eggplant sliced lengthwise and then in small pieces leaving the skin pieces in longer strips and the skinless in small cubes
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas drained
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cups pasta water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound fettuccine


  • Put on water to boil on the back burner for pasta to cook simultaneously with the sauce.
  • In a large deep skillet, over medium heat, cook the garlic and onions in the oil for 2-3 minutes then add the eggplant, season with salt, crushed red pepper and smoked paprika and cook for about 8 minutes until eggplant is soft and browned
  • Add tomatoes and chickpeas, and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes release their juices
  • Add 1 cup water, tomato paste and kale and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer until pasta is ready
  • Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce and top with copious black and crushed red peppers

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1 thought on “Spicy Eggplant and Kale Fettucine”

  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I had the first eggplant of the season from my garden in my hand and baby kale going bad in the fridge. I read several recipes for combining them into a semblance of a main dish but the ingredient list convinced me this would be the most flavorful without being a curry. This recipe is perfect for a household of eaters with everything from vegans to carnivores. The vegans were overjoyed; I added feta to the vegetarian plates and leftover roast chicken for the “what, no meat?” contingent. There is just enough spicy heat to put smiles on everyone’s faces. This one is a keeper and is being folded into the monthly meal rotation. Thank you!

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