This recipe is very simple, but requires a bit more time than most spaghetti recipes because of the need to prepare the spaghetti topping in two stages:
STAGE 1: preparation of the aubergines
STAGE 2: preparation of the base sauce
For the aubergines preparation:
Nutrition facts: Calories 650 per serving.
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For the base sauce (Metric & Imperial measurements):
For the base sauce (U.S. measurements):
Directions (STAGE 1):
Put enough sunflower oil in the pan to allow deep frying of the aubergine slices.
Cut the ends off the aubergine and then cut the aubergine in half, longways. Slice one half in order to have half moon shapes and the other half to give long strips. Half moons and strips should be finely sliced; approx. no more than 2 mm (1/16") thick.
Heat the oil and when it is ready for frying, add the half moons. Fry until the half moons become golden brown. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and lay the slices onto kitchen paper.
Do the same as above with the strips.
Finally, cover the deep fried aubergine slices with kitchen paper to absorb excess oil. Having completed this operation, season with salt.
Directions (STAGE 2):
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan. Add the finely chopped shallot and sweat over a low heat for about 3 minutes until it is soft and golden.
Add the chopped garlic and chilli together and stir for another 2-3 minutes.
Add the sieved tomatoes and stir for 4-5 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt.
Finally, add the baby tomatoes and stir for 1 minute. Then remove the saucepan from the cooker to avoid the baby tomatoes overcooking.
When the spaghetti is ready, put the saucepan with the sauce onto the cooker again, pour the spaghetti in and stir thorougly on a medium-high heat for a few seconds. Then, add the aubergine slices, stir and finally top with the basil leaves. When served on the plate, everyone can top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
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