Veg Box Newsletter 29th March: Oh, Aubergine


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Veg Boxes– we reuse these
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In the Veg Boxes This Week

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The Nice Bit

This week, let’s celebrate the contents of our supplementary veg bags with a recipe from subscriber Nathan! Thanks so much, Nathan.

This is a cracking vegetarian recipe using aubergine. It emphasises all the great things about fresh organic produce – bright flavours and perfect textures. Don’t be scared by the ingredient list – it’s very simple to make and is a healthy midweek meal. It’s best to use a large saute pan with a large lid and a large saucepan for boiling your pasta. Seasoning is everything when cooking with aubergines and tomatoes – taste throughout to balance the salt and sweet flavours.

Serves 3-4
2 aubergines, cubed
1 tbsp Suma tomato puree
4-6 tomatoes (cut into 8 pieces + skinned if preferred) + 50ml water or 1 tin Locavore tinned tomatoes
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 pack fresh basil, stalks chopped and leaves left whole
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or 2 tsp garlic oil
3-4 portions of pasta of your choice (I used Waitrose fresh Paccheri)
3 tbsp Locavore spanish olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Grated parmesan (vegetarian if necessary)

Step 1: Fry aubergine cubes on a high heat in a large saute pan or frying pan in batches until brown on all sides, remove to a bowl. Top up the oil as required.
Step 2: Turn the heat down, add remaining oil, garlic, chilli and basil stalks and fry gently for two minutes.
Step 3: Add tomatoes (or tinned tomatoes) and tomato puree and cook for additional two minutes, then add water, aubergine cubes and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Pop the lid on your pan.
Step 4: Simmer for at least 20 minutes, or a little longer if you have time (especially if using fresh tomatoes). Check seasoning after this time. If it’s too sharp, add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the flavours.
Step 5: Cook your pasta for 1-2 mins less than the packet suggests, then add fresh basil and pasta to your sauce and toss to combine.
Step 6: Continue to cook the pasta in the sauce for 1 minute until the pasta has become glossy and add a drop of pasta water if it’s too thick.
Serve in warm bowls with slices of Freedom Bakery sourdough on the side. Enjoy 🙂