Spaghetti With Shrimp And Eggplant

Course : Shrimp
Serves: 4
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1 1/2 pounds medium sized shrimps
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 medium eggplant -- (1 pound)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 quarts water
1 tablespoon garlic finely chopped
3/4 pound spaghetti
4 cans imported crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon honey

Preparation / Directions:

Peel and devein the shrimp and set aside. Trim the ends of the eggplant and peel it. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan and add the garlic. Cook, stirring, without browning. Add the tomatoes, honey, pepper flakes, basic (flat Italian parsley can be substituted), salt and pepper. Stir to blend, cover and simmer, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet and when it is very hot, add the eggplant, salt and pepper. Cook the eggplant, tossing it, until it's nicely browned. Drain and add the eggplant to the tomato sauce. Stir and cover and cook for 15 minutes or until well blended with the sauce. Meanwhile, in the same nonstick skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and add the shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook over high heat for one minute, stirring. Add the shrimp to the sauce, blend well and cook for one minute. Keep warm. Meanwhile, salt the water and bring to a boil in a kettle. Add the spaghetti and cook to the desired degree of doneness. Drain the spaghetti and return it to the kettle. Add the shrimp and eggplant mixture, toss well and serve immediately with cheese.

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