Spaghetti with aubergines (Spaghetti con le melanzane)

Spaghetti with aubergines (Spaghetti con le melanzane)

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
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 650 kcal

Ingredients
 

For the aubergines preparation:

  • 1 Large aubergine (check "preparing aubergines" – seeĀ note below) Note: "preparing aubergine" is featured in the top tips of the website.
  • Sunflower oil for deep frying (if you want to add some extra flavour to the aubergine, you can use a mild or light olive oil available in the supermarket)

For the base sauce (Metric & Imperial measurements):

  • 400 grams (14 oz) SpaghettiĀ 
  • 400 grams (14 oz) Sieved tomatoes (the thinner the better – the seedless the better)
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Big shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 Clove of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Red chilli – medium hot (thinly sliced)
  • 10 Baby tomatoes (halved)
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt for seasoning

Instructions

Directions (STAGE 1):Ā 

  • Put enough sunflower oil in the pan to allow deep frying of the aubergine slices.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Do the same as above with the strips.
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  • Finally, cover the deep fried aubergine slices with kitchen paper to absorb excess oil. Having completed this operation, season with salt.
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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.
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  • Add the chopped garlic and chilli together and stir for another 2-3 minutes.
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  • Add the sieved tomatoes and stir for 4-5 minutes.
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  • Add a pinch of salt.
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  • Finally, add the baby tomatoes and stir for 1 minute. Then remove the saucepan from the cooker to avoid the baby tomatoes overcooking.
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  • 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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Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal
Keyword Pasta
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By Federico

Federico Pezzaioli is an ex-badass Italian Paratrooper on a mission - to make creating delicious authentic Italian food really easy. He researches, writes and photographs each recipe with the same attention to detail he used to apply to packing his parachute.

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