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Spicy Aubergine Spaghetti

Posted by Joe Wicks in Recipes

This spicy spaghetti recipe is quick and easy to make and perfect for batch cooking. It's a cycle 3 recipe from my Veggie 90 Day Plan.

Ingredients

Serves 1

1 aubergine, diced

11/2 tsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1/2 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

2 tsp tomato puree

150g tinned chopped tomatoes

11/2 tsp red wine vinegar

45g dried spaghetti

Small bunch of basil, leaves torn

Salt and pepper

50g ricotta

 


 

Method

Tip the aubergine into a bowl, cover with clingfilm then microwave for 5-6 minutes until softened.

Meanwhile heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the garlic and chilli and fry gently for 2 minutes until softened. Add the tomato puree, fry for a minute then add the tomatoes, vinegar and aubergine to the pan. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the packet instructions then drain, reserving a little of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the sauce, toss together then loosen slightly with a little of the reserved pasta water. Remove the pan from the heat, stir through the basil and season to taste. Pile into a serving bowl, dot the ricotta over the top and dive in.

 

Tips

This recipe is great for batch cooking. Make double or triple the recipe of the sauce without the pasta or basil (basil will turn black if frozen) then divide into portions and freeze some for later use.

The best way to freeze the sauce is to leave it to cool completely then spoon portions into individual freezer bags. Lay on a tray and freeze flat. By freezing the sauce in a flat sheet rather than a solid block (in a deep plastic container) it’ll defrost far more quickly and also take up less freezer space.

If you want to make this family-friendly, don’t add the chilli at the start of the recipe. Instead, sprinkle finely chopped chilli over the finished dish for those who like a kick.

 

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Joe Wicks

About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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