Still on a hunger strike from his recent cold/fever, the only thing Rice Kernel wanted was pasta and carrots. A little too boring for the rest of us, I threw in some summer garden staples for some color and texture contrast: scallions for some crunch and mild onion flavor, cilantro for some earthiness and a bounty of silky, creamy eggplant. Oh, and some organic beef and sausage for the boys. But you could easily omit the meat or substitute it with firm tofu or some pine nuts. It’s seasoned simply with salt and pepper. Throw in your favorite pasta shape (cooked in plenty of salted, boiling water) and you’re set!