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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20th Mar, 2018
Lovely recipe, used to make it all the time exactly as it is until going vegetarian. Recently tried again using cubes of halloumi fried until crispy with a teaspoon of smoked paprika to replace the bacon and was really happy with the results.
14th Jan, 2018
Nice! I used one aubergine and one cubed courgette as that’s what was in the pantry! Well received by the family!
16th Jun, 2017
So tasty and easy! I did not use canned chopped tomatoes though as I didn't have any or the garclic cloves. Instead I used ketchup and mayo to saucen it up and garlic powder. Only cooked for 2 but still used 6 bacon strips!
3rd May, 2017
Tasty and easy. I chose this because I found a lone aubergine in the fridge!!
26th May, 2016
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.
24th Jul, 2015
Great little recipe - quick and very tasty. Much nicer with cubed pancetta or smoked lardons though - more flavour.
4th Jun, 2014
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
21st May, 2014
Really lovely simple recipe, I think that it will become a regular in our house!
20th Nov, 2013
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!
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3rd May, 2013
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.


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