This scrumptious pasta dish combines all the traditional flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine: aubergine, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, oregano and black olives.
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1 (500g) pack penne pasta
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons plain flour
2 small aubergines, cubed
2 medium onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, cubed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pinch paprika
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons black olives, pitted
230g tomato sauce (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:20min › Ready in:40min
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil over a high heat. Add the penne and cook until al dente, or according to the instruction on the packet. Drain well and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
In the meantime, place flour in a bowl. Add cubed aubergine and coat generously. Shake to remove flour excess and set in a separate plate.
In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook and stir the aubergine until crisp and tender. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
In the same saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil and cook and stir the onion and garlic for 5 minutes, or until tender and translucent. Add cubed tomatoes, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper. Mix in black olives, tomato puree, and let it cook for a couple of minutes, until the sauce slightly thickens. Pour in aubergines and season with salt and pepper.
Add pasta, toss well and serve with generous amounts of grated Parmesan cheese.