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Prep 10 minutes
Total 1 hour 45 minutes
Serves
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Aubergine & Tomato Pasta

A delicious vegan pasta dish that even the most avid of meat eaters will love! The sauce combines rosemary roasted aubergine with a tasty tomato sauce.

Ingredients
For the aubergines:
  • 3 medium aubergines, cut into medium chunks
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only, finely chopped
  • extra-virgin olive oil
For the sauce:
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion (or white onion), finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsps double concentrated tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g tin of good-quality whole peeled plum tomatoes, hand-crushed
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 small handful of fresh basil, roughly torn
  • spaghetti, to serve

METHOD

  1. Heat your oven to 200℃. Arrange the aubergine chunks in a single layer in a roasting tin. Add the rosemary and a generous glug of extra-virgin olive oil and toss to combine. Season with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper and toss again. Roast for 45 mins. 
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Heat some extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and season with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  3. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until it begins to darken, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Add the tinned tomatoes and water, season with more sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper and bring the sauce to a simmer. Reduce the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. 
  5. Add the roasted aubergine to the sauce and stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then cook on low for a further 30 minutes. 
  6. Remove the sauce from the heat. Add the fresh basil and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning, to taste, then toss with spaghetti and serve. Enjoy!
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