Aubergine, chilli & bacon pasta

Aubergine, chilli & bacon pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


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

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal437
  • fat15g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.23g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large aubergine, cut into small cubes



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 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)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • grated Parmesan, to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  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.

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Comments (27)

Nick2ski's picture

Quick basic meal with plenty of flavour that is great for students and allows you to play around with what you want to add to it. Will be keeping this one ready for a speedy dinner.

MrsB4613's picture

Great little recipe - quick and very tasty. Much nicer with cubed pancetta or smoked lardons though - more flavour.

sabrina74's picture

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

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

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

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

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

lizleicester's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!


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