Breaded Zucchini & Eggplant Pasta w/ Chive-Basil Pesto

The fall has begun to roll in and the garden veggies just keep on coming. It is kind of nice hardly ever having to go to the grocery store. Instead, I get to walk into my garden and look around for what my next meal is going to be. The spaghetti squash have also begun to grow and there are tons of tomatoes waiting to turn. Of course, the zucchini has been endless as well. I also got a lot of eggplants from my mom’s farm, so I decided to make this dish using my homegrown herbs and veggies. Here is the continuance of my never ending zucchini recipes.

These baked veggies are so delicious, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They make great snacks too, just dip in some ranch! This was my first time making a chive based pesto and I am in LOVE! It is such a great pairing with the basil and creates a delicious tasting pesto. So, if your garden is giving you enormous amounts of zucchinis, eggplants and tomatoes just grab some fresh herbs and you have this delicious, crunchy pasta dish.

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Breaded Zucchini & Eggplant Pasta w/ Chive-Basil Pesto
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Serves: 4-5
  • 1 medium zucchini (thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium eggplant (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 box linguini pasta
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large bunch chives
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Marcona almonds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½-2/3 cup olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. For the breaded veggies, prepare three bowls, one with flour, one with the beaten eggs, and one with the mixed panko and Italian bread crumbs.
  3. One at a time, coat each slice in flower, dip in the egg wash, then coat with bread crumbs.
  4. Place each coated veggie on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375F until crispy and golden brown (about 30 minutes). If they are not crispy after 30 minutes, turn on the broiler for a few minutes to finish.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to desired doneness. For the pesto, combine the chives, basil, garlic, lemon juice, almonds, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth (about 1 minute).
  6. Slowly add the olive oil to the mixture while continuing to process. Once a thick pesto is formed, stop adding oil.
  7. Toss the pasta with pesto and tomatoes, then top with mozzarella and breaded veggies to serve.


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19 Responses to Breaded Zucchini & Eggplant Pasta w/ Chive-Basil Pesto

  1. Christine says:

    That would be nice to walk in the garden and pick what you need for dinner. Another great recipe.

  2. Kalie says:

    I Want a garden! I Am jealous :(

  3. Tremendous food photography! This is very much a dish of high caliber ingredients and presentation. Quite admirable!

  4. This is such a beautiful dish! It looks amazing!

  5. Alyssa says:

    I love that the veggies are baked, but they still look so crispy. I’ve never tried chive pesto, but it sounds delicious!

  6. firefoodie says:

    What a lovely meal, I love crumbed eggplant and the pesto sounds great.

  7. Elies_Lie says:

    Loves all the ingredients jenny!
    Hmm… I just imagine u in ur garden & surrounding by all the vegiie!! Ohh… what a life! I always want to have a garden full with all the veggie & fruit to cook, u so lucky :)
    Tq for posting the recipe jenny!
    lovely healthy pasta! 😉

  8. Kudos on the garden! I can’t wait til I have a place where I can grow one myself. Looks lush, definitely going to try making chive pesto! Thanks for the tip :)

  9. Man, you got all my favorites: eggplants, chives and zucchini. This will be a perfect carb dinner before the marathon I am going to run next week. Thanks! Can’t wait to try it. :)

  10. Ok, this looks so delicious!!! And that pesto sounds fabulous! I’ve tried making it with chives!!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Eggplant is all the rage this week. I am seeing it pop up everywhere, even in my own kitchen. But that is not a complaint! Looks great, thanks for sharing a great recipe to use for eggplants… I can’t get enough!

  12. I’m so jealous that your zucchini is continuing to do well. Our summer was so hot that all the plants shriveled and died way to earlier. It happened all over. We were robbed. After seeing this gorgeous recipe, we were doubly robbed! I’ll have to actually ::gasp:: go buy some.

  13. Joanne says:

    It looks great. I’m really looking forward to giving this recipe a go.

  14. Food Jaunts says:

    Hmm…I’d never thought to use chive in pesto, sounds amazing! Love that you’re using your zucchini in such imaginative ways

  15. Love the photo under the recipe – lovely!

  16. This is a very unique dish, which is so refreshing! Plus it’s got all kinds of things i love: zucchini, eggplant, pesto. Love it 😀

  17. Ann says:

    What a delightful picture you painted….going into your garden for dinner….and what a dinner! Delicious!

  18. Oh Im so jealous that you have a garden! Eggplant is totally one of my favorites and I love the chive pesto you made.

  19. Michelle says:

    This looks really delicious!