Italian-style aubergines

Combining vegetables like aubergines with cheese means you get the nutritional benefits of 2 food groups in a single dish: calcium, fibre, vitamins and more. Plus it’s an excellent way of getting the more reluctant to eat vegetables!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 2 aubergines
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 ball of mozzarella
  • thyme
  • pepper and salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Instructions:

  • Peel the aubergines. Cut into circles or semi-circles depending on the size of the aubergines.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the aubergines.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 180°C.
  • Peel and chop the onion, add to the aubergines and leave to sweat.
  • Add half the tomato sauce and the thyme and leave it  to cook gently for about fifteen minutes until the vegetables are tender and just cooked.
  • Transfer into an ovenproof dish.
  • Spread the rest of the tomato sauce on top.
  • Slice the mozzarella, place on top of the sauce and bake for 10 minutes.
  • As soon as the mozzarella starts to brown, it’s done!

Use flavoured tomato sauces for a change, such as basil, Neapolitan, olive, aubergine etc.

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