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  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 carrots
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil for frying
  • Tomato, Mushroom and Wine Sauce
  • olive oil for sauting
  • 2 cups of baby portobello mushrooms, or your favorite kind of mushrooms, destemed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 (8 oz) cans of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • Combine:
  • 1 lb egg noodles (or your favorite broad noodle)
  • minced parsley
  • more parmesan (optional)


  • Peel the eggplant and carrots. Cut the eggplant into 1 inch cubes and chop the carrots. Boil the vegetables in salted water (or steam) until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • When the veggies are done, drain them and press out any extra water. Put in a mixing bowl and crush with an immersion blender. You could also use food processor but you don¡¯t want to completely puree the veggies, just rough them up a little bit.
  • To the veggies add the onion, garlic, oregano, parmesan (optional) and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Shape the mixture into burgers (or ¡°meatballs¡± if you¡¯d like) and dust with more breadcrumbs. The Li¡¯l Sis recommends the meatball or flat burgers shape so they become proportionately more crisp outside to juicy inside.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium high heat and brown the burgers for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.
  • Tomato, Mushroom and Wine Sauce:
  • While the burgers are cooking you can start the sauce: saute the sliced mushrooms in the olive oil for a few minutes until soft.
  • Add the wine a cook for a few more minutes to reduce and then add the tomato sauce, oregano and parsley. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Gently add the cooked burgers and simmer in the sauce for a few minutes until reheated.
  • Putting it Together: Cook the noodles.
  • Assemble a pile a of noodles. Top with a burgers and ladle over some extra sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and grated parmesan if you¡¯d like.
  • Makes excellent leftovers.

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