Aubergine, chilli & bacon pasta

Aubergine, chilli & bacon pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Bring Mediterranean sunshine to your table throughout the year with this superhealthy pasta dish that's easy on the wallet

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
437
protein
17g
carbs
63g
fat
15g
saturates
4g
fibre
6g
sugar
9g
salt
1.23g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large aubergine, cut into small cubes
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans chopped tomatoes
  • 300g pasta (we used fusilli)
  • grated parmesan, to serve (optional)

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the aubergine and cook for 8 mins until soft. Add the bacon and fry until cooked through, adding the garlic and chilli for the final min. Tip in the tomatoes, increase the heat and cook for 10 mins until thickened, stirring regularly.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Drain well, then stir through the sauce. Serve with a scattering of Parmesan, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2010

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sabrina74's picture
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very quick very easy, will make again, I had fresh basil so it went in, I used the home made tomato sauce on this site, but sure its just as nice with just the tomatoes, a great mid week dinner

megan_daisy04's picture
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Really lovely simple recipe, I think that it will become a regular in our house!

fairystoryteller's picture

Made this for supper and followed the recipe to the letter which is rather unusual for me! Delicious result and I will make this again. The aubergine turns all silky smooth and the chilli gives a nice kick. It's a thick sauce to stir into the pasta rather than pour over. I just served it up with a crunchy salad and parmesan for those who wanted it. Clean plates all round!

mrfrankowski's picture
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Really, really tasty dish. I've also added a couple of finely chopped shallots and garnished it with fresh basil leaves. Wonderful! Next time I'll add just one can of tomatoes though.

lelbows's picture
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Absolutely delicious and very moreish! I made it with whole wheat pasta to make it a little healthier. Easy, quick, healthy, an extremely tasty dish that I have now made many times and will continue to do!

cheekygemma's picture

I crack this out on a regular basis - quick and easy and really yummy

rachthecook's picture
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Delicious. I thought I hated aubergines until I made this, I was wrong- fan-bloody-tastic!

lizleicester's picture
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Simple and delicious. I used smoked bacon offcuts and halved the recipe for 2 of us (although just used a small aubergine rather than a half). Lovely.

cassiefarmer's picture

Quick, easy and tasty! I liked it.

chocolatepudding's picture
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This is the 15th new thing I've cooked this year (some mad challenge I've set myself) and it has shot to the top of the yum factor list! So easy to do, even for a cooking novice like me!

clarepallett's picture

Made this tonight and it would happily serve 4 hungry people. We didn't have streaky bacon so used back but definately think it needs streaky so will use that next time. Used two chillis as enjoy the extra heat and it was lovely. Will make again.

eveemg's picture
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Had this tonight for Dinner was lovely even my fussy 6 year old liked it we scored it 39/40 as a family and would deffo have it again I also added mushrooms but going to try it with couscous next time too x

mrlpeck's picture

Very tasty, added the balsamic vinegar, my husband liked it so much he took the left overs to work for lunch tomorrow!

martinso's picture
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Really surprised at how tasty this dish was, no need to add anything to the sauce, it's delicious and bursting with flavour. I'm not a fan of aubergines usually but YUM!

tormcr's picture
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Really nice! Love Aubergines so was searching for a pasta recipe containing them.
I definitely put more chilli and garlic in. I used a beautiful Serrano Ham instead of bacon so I didn't need to fry it off I just bunged it in. I added a touch of sugar and vinegar to balance out the acidity of the chopped tomatoes. It also helped to leave big slices of the Aubergine with salt in a colander to draw out the the water before cutting into chunks and frying off- avoided the spitting doing it this way. Finished off nicely with chopped Parsley at the end!

jbeilby's picture
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Uhh.. that looks disgusting turned into yum this is delicious, you can make it a million times. A big hit I think! Don't be shy with the chilli.

psamiad1's picture
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Nice, quick, cheap dinner. I used extra garlic and a tbsp of balsamic vinegar plus lots of black pepper. I took the seeds out of the chilli, which was a mistake. Would include the seeds next time.

dave6376's picture
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I halved this recipe for two and it was delicious. Mindful of Milly's comment I stuck with the whole chilli and two garlic cloves and there certainly wasn't any lack of flavour!

emilyshort's picture
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Easy and quite tasty. Was missing something though - didn't really get the garlic or chilli flavours coming through much, and I used more than the recipe stated.

alisonl262's picture
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Delicious, quick and simple to make and amazingly my fussy 2 year old son ate it (even the aubergine!)

Will definitely make again.

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