Bucatini with Eggplant and Smoked Mozzarella

This pasta dish is delicious...it combines the meatiness of eggplant and fresh flavour of crushed tomatoes with a roundness from olive paste and smoked mozzarella.

It really helps to salt, rinse and pat dry the eggplant. It keeps the eggplant from getting watery and draws out any bitter flavour.

You can find olive paste in a tube at Italian grocery stores or other specialty stores such as the Gourmet Warehouse.