Melanzane alla Parmigiana – Meat Free Monday

Sounds posh doesn’t it…  Aubergine Parmigiana is just delicious, add some homemade bread – mission complete…

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Its essentially a herby, tomato sauce layered with griddled Aubergine and cheese.

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Start by gently frying a finely diced medium onion, and 2 crushed cloves of garlic in s glug of olive oil with a pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper.  When translucent add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a good squidge of tomato purée and a teaspoon of dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste, gently simmer till thick and unctuous add some fresh torn basil if you have some – yummy… I do this in the Thermomix, chop onion and garlic of speed 4 for 5 seconds, scrape down the bowl, add a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper then cook on speed 1 heat 100 for 5 minutes, then add about a third of a tube of tomato purée cook for another 3 minutes, then add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a teaspoon of oregano- cook for 10 minutes, speed 1 at heat 80.

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Whilst this is cooking, slice an aubergine and turn on your griddle or frying pan to heat up – when hot, sprinkle the aubergine slices with olive oil, salt and pepper and griddle in each side till tender and brown.

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Take an oven proof dish and ladle in a spoon of the tomato sauce, a layer of the aubergine, dot with torn mozzarella and a sprinkle of parmasan layer up until it all used up, finish off with a good sprinkle of parmasan and place in a hot oven for 20-30 minutes – allow to cool for a few minutes before serving up with thick slices of homemade bread – such a good meal, even meat lovers wouldn’t miss their fix 😜

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We have the other 2 Panna Cotta to finish up with – a hard life, but someone’s got to do it 😇

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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