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Easy healthy midweek pasta: spicy bacon & aubergine pasta

on March 21, 2012

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This was one of those – random things in fridge and in need of something quick and healthy to eat before the gym. And it worked really well actually. At just over 400 calories it certainly ticks the healthy box, and it was very tasty and didn’t take very long to make either – certainly a Jamie Oliver contender. You could even leave the bacon out (and maybe add mushrooms) for a vege option too.

The recipe came from my trusty BBC good food site http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/874651/aubergine-chilli-and-bacon-pasta and I didn’t really change that much of it, although I made less than it suggested and it was enough to go round.

Spicy bacon & aubergine pasta

Serves 3

  • 225g pasta shapes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, cut into small cubes
  • 4 rashers of rindless back bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 red chillis, finely chopped
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • handful of grated parmesan to serve (optional)
  1. Boil the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside until needed.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and add the aubergine. Cook over a medium heat until softened – about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the bacon and cook until browned and crispy, about another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and chilli and stir through for a minute before adding the tomatoes, breaking them up with the spatula if necessary.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Bring to the boil and then simmer until you have a nice thick sauce.
  7. Stir through the pasta and then tip onto plates, topped with parmesan if using.
  8. Eat immediately and enjoy!
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