Resolutions: Penne with Aubergines and Chilli

Happy New Year!Easy to set resolutions but who thought I’d also keep the odd one as well? True, it is only the first week of being back in Brussels. Work has started and real life is moving at an incredible pace. Yet I managed to keep resolution no. 1. I agree they are ambitious (see comments), but 1 week down 50 odd to go. It will be a very long year.

First week, first new recipe. The cooking book: Bill Granger ‘Simply Bill’. The recipe, an easy and delicious penne with aubergine (eggplant) and chilli. Keeping resolution no. 1 in mind as well the real non-blogging life, all I have to do for the next 50 odd weeks is to identify tasty and fast (!) recipes. This recipe was one of them.I love Bill Granger. All his recipes are light, are fresh, sound and look tasty and easy to do. Granted, Belgium lacks a bit (a lot!) the fresh produce and mostly the fish Australia offers. But we can find the one or the other ingredient. Like eggplants.

In this recipe I left out the pasta, as the sauce was filling enough on its own. But you can add any tubular pasta (penne) or shaped pasta (shells, spirals). The secret to sauces and pasta combinations is to use pasta which grips and holds the sauce.

Penne with Aubergines and Chilli (serves 4)
1 aubergine, sliced
80ml olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 red chillies, sliced (for the love of spice, I used green chillies)
2 x 400gr tins chopped tomatoes
500gr penne
salt and pepper
chopped flat leaf parsley
30gr pecorino (or parmesan) cheese

Preheat the grill. Slice the aubergines and lie them on a baking tray. Drizzle the slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill for 3-4min on each side, or till golden and cooked. When done, cut the aubergine slices into chunky bits.
Place a deep frying pan over medium heat. Add 1tbsp olive oil. Saute the garlic, chillies and a little salt. Add the tomatoes, ground black pepper, and simmer for 10-15min. Add the aubergines.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente. Drain well and toss with the sauce and parsley. Serve with pecorino cheese/ or parmesan.

Presto. And all in under 30min.
Now let’s see how this resolution will work next week. Any suggestions what I should try out from the current cook book collection?
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