A delicious homemade tomato pasta sauce, perfectly cooked aubergines and salty, stretchy, gooey strings of Mozzarella make this simple Aubergine and Mozzarella Pasta recipe a real family favourite. Ready in under 30 minutes it's perfect for busy weeknights!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Eb Gargano
1small red onionyou can use a white one, but I prefer red in this recipe
1medium auberginechopped into 1cm cubes
1cloveof garliccrushed or finely diced
400gtin chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper
300gpenne pastayou could make this with any shape, but I like it best with penne
Put a the olive oil in the base of a wide, deep pan. Add the chopped red onion and put the lid on. Sweat the onion on a low heat until it is translucent, but not brown - about 5 minutes. Meanwhile you can chop the other veggies.
Turn the heat up high and add the aubergine. Stir-fry until the aubergine is nicely browned, (you may need to add a splash more oil), then turn down the heat and add the crushed garlic and fry for 1 more minute.
Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and some salt and pepper, then bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally.
While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions / your own preferences.
Drain the pasta and tip it into the sauce, stirring thoroughly to coat the pasta in the sauce. You may want to add a drop or two of the pasta cooking water to make the sauce looser.
Finally, add the basil leaves and mozzarella and stir again. There should be just enough heat in the pan to warm and slightly soften the mozzarella. Yum!
If you should be lucky enough to have some leftovers (or you make extras specifically), this Aubergine and Mozzarella Pasta can be reheated in the oven and turned into a pasta bake – reheat in a baking dish covered with foil at 180C / 160C fan / gas mark 4 / 350F for 20-30 minutes.Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.