If you’re thinking of trying some meat free dishes, this is a great one. It’s packed with flavour and pulls on that lovely Italian taste we all love. It’s quick and easy to make and is a real crowd pleaser. This recipe serves 2 and can easily be adapted to serve more!
1 carton passata
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Fresh basil leaves (to your taste, we like 3-4)
2 tsp mixed herbs
1 pinch of sugar
A good shaving of parmesan
Slice your aubergine lengthways into steaks. Lightly oil your frying pan and fry off the aubergine until it has some colour on each side. Set aside. Next, take your garlic and fry in some oil for a couple of minutes, add in your passata and mixed herbs and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add in your sugar half way. This will take away any bitterness of the passata and aubergine. Once warmed through, pour into an ovenproof dish, lay on your aubergine steaks and sprinkle over your parmesan and fresh basil. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees. Remove from the oven and serve.
We had ours with some sweet potato fries, roasted mini peppers and salad. You could serve it topped on spaghetti, the Italian way or even roasted potatoes.