Pasta Alla Norma (pasta with eggplant)

Serves 4-6 Prep Time 30 minutes   Cook Time 45 minutes   Rated:

The thing I love about Italian food is that is is simple in the extreme, it uses the best freshest produce and you end up with something pretty amazing every time. If this is vegetarian food, then sign me up!

This is one such dish, so go all out and get glossy black eggplants, fresh green basil that looks like the promise of summer and make sure you use the best EVOO, silky pasta and authentic cheeses. It will still cost you next to nothing to feed the family with this one. And you will eat it all. I promise.

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1  

Preheat oven to 200°C and line a large oven tray with baking paper.

2  

Place eggplant onto prepared tray. Drizzle with EVOO and toss to combine with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until browning. Set aside.

3  

To make the sauce, place onion, garlic, chilli and EVOO into the Thermomix bowl and chop 4 sec/speed 6. Sauté 5 min/Varoma/speed 1. Add tomatoes, basil, salt and sugar and cook 10 min/100°C/speed soft.

4  

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water, as per package instructions.

5  

To serve, place spaghetti into a bowl, top with eggplant, sauce, cheeses and basil.

6  

To grate the cheeses, place both into a clean dry Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 10.

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