Aubergine & Tomato Bake

This 'bake' recipe sounds almost too sensible - but actually surprises me with how delicious it is when I get round to making it. Griddling the aubergines is a bit of a faff - but my recommendation would be to pour a glass of wine and get slightly sloshed whilst cooking supper... after all, this Aubergine & Tomato Bake is tasty (and low fat) enough for everyone to forgive you.


  • 1 Aubergine
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Tin Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Puree
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlicky Breadcrumbs
  • Basil

Lengthways, slice your Aubergines VERY thinly (at least 12 or 16 slices would be ideal from 1 Aubergine…)

Using one of those square griddle things, griddle each thin slice on both sides… put on a rack to cool down so they don’t go soggy on a plate

Meanwhile – chop the Onion and Red Pepper and gently fry in a little Olive Oil (with a sprinkle of Salt) for 10 or 15 minutes until soft, but not browning too much

Add 3 Cloves Garlic – crushed – to the pan and stir for a few minutes.  Add a squirt of Tomato Puree and some fresh Red Chilli if you like your sauce hotter.  Stir over a medium heat for a few moments

Add a Tin of Tomatoes – and another tin of Water

Put on a low heat and cook for 20-30 minutes until a lot of the liquid has gone, and the sauce is sweet and thick.  Black Pepper is an excellent addition

Make your Breadcrumbs by whizzing a slice or two of Bread and a couple of Cloves Garlic up in a food processor (is a great substitute for Parmesan or other cheese)

When you have griddled the Aubergines, made your sauce and your Garlicky Breadcrumbs – you’re ready to layer up….

Use a lasagne style dish… Start with a little Tomato Sauce – followed by the Aubergine – followed by a little fresh Basil

You should get 3 or 4 layers in maybe?

The final layer should be Tomato Sauce covered with Breadcrumbs and some Black Pepper

Drizzle a little Olive Oil all over and bake at 180˚c for 30 – 45 minutes or until bubbling hot and golden and crunchy on top

Serve with a Herby Salad or some Sliced Tomatoes…. Extra fresh Basil to serve is good too


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