Aromatic Aubergine Pasta

Aromatic Aubergine Pasta

The Replacement

If you are feeling less carnivorous, aubergine is a satisfying substitute for meat in recipes.
This pasta is equally as filling as the one with Bolognese sauce.
Aromatic Aubergine Pasta

Aromatic Aubergine Pasta

Ingredients

450 g aubergines, cut in ½ cm slices 

½ cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

2 fresh thyme sprigs

1 cup vegetable stock

450 g long dried pasta (spaghetti or linguine)

2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

10 flat basil leaves, chopped

sea salt

pepper, freshly ground

Method

1. Lightly salt the sliced aubergines and stack them in a colander for 20 minutes, to neutralise any bitterness. Drain the aubergines and pat them dry with a paper towel. Cut aubergines into cubes.

2. For aubergine sauce: Meanwhile, pour the olive oil into a wide, heavy pan, add garlic and stir on a medium heat. Increase the temperature to medium-high, add the aubergines and sauté. When the aubergines start to brown, add the thyme sprigs and stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce temperature to medium-low, stir once, cover and set aside.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente (2 minutes less than the packet’s instructions). Drain the pasta and add to the aubergine sauce, stirring in the sun-dried tomatoes, basil and adding a swirl of olive oil to blend. Season to taste and serve.

Serves 4 to 6 

Aromatic Aubergine Pasta
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