Aubergine lasagne

Aubergine Lasagne

Serves 6

  • 3 aubergines

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

  • a few sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 1 dried red chilli, crumbled

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2x400 g organic tinned plum tomatoes

  • 1 splash balsamic vinegar

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked and stalks chopped

  • 150 g Cheddar cheese, grated

  • 2 handfuls Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 6-8 fresh lasagne sheets

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400ºF/gas 6. Steam the whole aubergines over a pan of simmering water for 30 minutes, then scoop out the flesh and cut it up roughly. Slowly fry the aubergine, garlic, thyme and chilli in the olive oil for around 10 minutes.



Add the tins of tomatoes, chopping them up roughly with a wooden spoon, then add the balsamic vinegar and most of the basil leaves. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.



Spread a layer of aubergine sauce in a large, shallow dish. Sprinkle over some Cheddar and a handful of Parmesan, then spread over a layer of lasagne sheets. Repeat once or twice more, until your dish is full. Finish with a final sprinkling of Parmesan, a scattering of basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.



Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until bubbling and golden.

Nutritional Information

Aubergine lasagne

Served golden and bubbling

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This wonderful aubergine lasagne bake keeps it simple with a few intensely delicious flavours
Serves 6
1h 35m
Super easy
Method

I recently ate a similar dish at a wedding in Italy, where it was cooked in a large, shallow dish. It has the same vibe as a Greek moussaka, but uses pasta rather than potatoes in the layering, making it more of a lasagne bake. The fresh sheets you can buy in supermarkets are very good and well worth using.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400ºF/gas 6. Steam the whole aubergines over a pan of simmering water for 30 minutes, then scoop out the flesh and cut it up roughly. Slowly fry the aubergine, garlic, thyme and chilli in the olive oil for around 10 minutes.

Add the tins of tomatoes, chopping them up roughly with a wooden spoon, then add the balsamic vinegar and most of the basil leaves. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.

Spread a layer of aubergine sauce in a large, shallow dish. Sprinkle over some Cheddar and a handful of Parmesan, then spread over a layer of lasagne sheets. Repeat once or twice more, until your dish is full. Finish with a final sprinkling of Parmesan, a scattering of basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.

Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until bubbling and golden.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 385
    19%
  • Carbs 20.8g
    8%
  • Sugar 1.8g 2%
  • Fat 25.2g 36%
  • Saturates 9.4g 47%
  • Protein 15.5g 34%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 3 aubergines

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

  • a few sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 1 dried red chilli, crumbled

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2x400 g organic tinned plum tomatoes

  • 1 splash balsamic vinegar

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked and stalks chopped

  • 150 g Cheddar cheese, grated

  • 2 handfuls Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 6-8 fresh lasagne sheets