Aubergine, chilli & bacon pasta

Aubergine, chilli & bacon pasta

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(29 ratings)

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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9th Mar, 2013
Delicious. I thought I hated aubergines until I made this, I was wrong- fan-bloody-tastic!
24th Feb, 2013
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.
23rd Jan, 2013
Quick, easy and tasty! I liked it.
19th Jan, 2013
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!
16th Jan, 2013
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.
4th Jan, 2013
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
7th Aug, 2012
Very tasty, added the balsamic vinegar, my husband liked it so much he took the left overs to work for lunch tomorrow!
8th Jul, 2012
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!
19th Jun, 2012
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!
14th Jun, 2012
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.


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