Easy and quick Penne with Aubergines and Fresh Herbs


So simple and straightforward, everyone loves this dish.  I always add dried mint whenever i use fresh mint, just a touch, it seems to bring out more of a rounded flavor and gives the overall taste more depth without the addition of too many flavors.

You will need :

1 regular size eggplant, cut into cubes
2 cans of chopped tomatoes or 8 fresh ones, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 spoon good oil
1 large clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1/2teaspoon dried mint
Salt and freshly ground pepper to season
Fresh curd cheese for scattering on the top but if not available use 50g ricotta crumbled up

Heat the oil in the saucepan. Saute the eggplant cubes. When they are cooked add the grated garlic, dried mint and tomatoes. Season and leave to cook covered on low heat for 15 minutes. Add the tomato paste. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh herbs.
Cook the penne in a pan according to instructions on the packet. Drain.
Add the pasta to the sauce and plate.
Garnish with fresh mint leaves and scatter the curd cheese (gbejna) or crumbled ricotta.

8 thoughts on “Easy and quick Penne with Aubergines and Fresh Herbs

  1. Antonia

    Looks good and very easy.I like to cook one of your recipes I found on a local newspaper.The recipe is Aubergines al cartocco it tastes good and i consider it a very healthy meal for my family. I cook it very often .I like to hear your recipes on the radio show with Simone and Renato..

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