On those nights when you just want to tuck into a big bowl of something comforting, sometimes only pasta will do.

Food Writer Rachel Roddy’s pasta with tomatoes, basil and aubergine from her new cookbook Two Kitchens is an Italian favourite and makes perfect use of seasonal summer vegetables.

Here’s how to rustle it up…

Pasta with aubergine from Rachel Roddy's Two Kitchens (Nick Seaton/Headline Home/PA)
Pasta with aubergine (Nick Seaton/Headline Home/PA)
Pasta with aubergine from Rachel Roddy's Two Kitchens (Nick Seaton/Headline Home/PA)
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Nutrition Facts
Pasta with aubergine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 659 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 1448mg41%
Carbohydrates 120g40%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 2358IU47%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Pasta with aubergine

Rachel Roddy shares her recipe for an absolute Italian classic.
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 659kcal
Author: Rachel Roddy

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Large saucepan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Knife
  • Food mill

Ingredients

  • 2 large aubergines
  • olive oil or groundnut oil, for frying
  • 1 kg fresh tomatoes or 500g passata
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • a small handful of basil
  • 1 tsp sugar if you need it
  • 500 g pasta such as spaghetti, rigatoni, casarecce, mezze maniche or penne
  • 200 g salted ricotta grated
  • salt

Method

  • Peel strips from the aubergine so that they are striped, then cut them into 5mm slices. If you’re going to salt them, do it now; otherwise just dry them with a clean tea towel. Heat about 5cm oil in a frying pan and fry the slices, turning them halfway, until they are golden brown on both sides, then drain very well on kitchen paper. Set the slices aside, ideally near the stove so they keep warm-ish.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil. If using fresh ones, peel the tomatoes by plunging them into boiling water for one minute, then lift them out with a slotted spoon and cool under cold water, at which point the skins should slip away. Roughly chop the tomatoes, removing the seeds if you wish (I don’t).
  • Crush the garlic cloves with the back of a knife so that they split but remain whole. Warm some more oil in a frying pan and add the garlic. Once the garlic is fragrant and lightly gold, remove it from the pan, add the fresh tomatoes (or passata) and cook until they collapse into a sauce. At this point, you can pass the tomatoes through a food mill back into the pan, or if you’re happy with the texture, simply tear in most of the basil, add the sugar if you think the sauce is too sharp, and a good pinch of salt.
  • Bring the pan of tomato water back to the boil, add salt, stir well and add the pasta. Cook it until al dente, then drain it. Mix the pasta with the sauce and a handful of salted ricotta, then divide it between bowls, top with several slices of aubergine, a little more salted ricotta and a couple more basil leaves. Pass around the remaining aubergine slices and cheese so that people can help themselves.

Nutrition

Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 120g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 1448mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 2358IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 3mg

Two Kitchens: Family Recipes from Sicily and Rome by Rachel Roddy, photography Rachel Roddy and Nick Seaton, is published in hardback by Headline.

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