Baked aubergine with red pesto and cheese makes for a fantastic mid-week vegetarian quick healthy meal. The whole family will love this tasty cheesy budget recipe!
This baked aubergine (egg plant for my American friends) with red pesto and cheese is one of those perfectly simple recipes that's packed full of flavour but also quick and cheap to make!
All you need to do is whizz up a simple pesto topping using sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, pine nuts, lime juice and parsley. Spread that over the surface of your baked aubergines, top with cheese, grill and serve with a simple side salad.
I've used my low fat red pesto dip here, which is perfect for this recipe as it makes plenty for this meal and for dips as well.
Any of that red pesto you don't use is easily freezable for your next batch of this recipe.
Of course, you can also use shop bought red pesto too.
Aubergines haven't really featured here yet, except for having been used within my ratatouille recipes.
So I thought it was about time to change that and debut them as a really great versatile vegetable, one that can feature as the main part of your meal and not just used within recipes themselves.
There's also those nutritional benefits we get from incorporating aubergines into our diets.
As well as being rich in antioxidants, helping to keep our cells healthy.
So, if you haven't tried aubergines before, why not give them a go?
Here's how to get your aubergines perfectly baked for this recipe.......
Baked Aubergine With Red Pesto And Cheese - How To Bake Your Aubergine
Step One - wash the aubergines and cut them in half length-ways. Score the cut side of the aubergine in a chunky cross cross pattern. Insert the garlic pieces into the slits. Pour tomato passata into a baking dish and then place the aubergine halves in, skin side down, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender, about 40 to 50 minutes.
Step Two - place a generous tablespoon of red pesto (from my recipe or shop bought) on top of each aubergine half and spread it around.
Step Three - sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
Step Four - grill under a medium heated grill for about 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted
Step Five - serve with a simple side salad such as the spinach salad found in my scallops with chilli and lime recipe.
I have to admit folks that aubergines were once completely alien vegetables to me.
To me they were those strange coloured purpley blue shaped vegetables that I had no idea what to do with.
Fortunately whilst I was a student I spent 6 years working in a hotel kitchen and that's where I learnt how to cook, and how to cook things like this!
Because of that experience I'm lucky enough to know exactly what to do with aubergines. Plus, if you can get them at 70p each too (price in here in the U.K. at the time of writing this) then I think that you'll agree that this is one amazing budget meal!
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Baked Aubergine with Red Pesto and Cheese Recipe
I've served these baked aubergines with a simple salad of chopped baby spinach, chopped tomatoes quartered cucumber.
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Baked Aubergine With Red Pesto And Cheese Recipe
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- 500 g carton tomato passata
- 2 large aubergines (eggplant), halved lengthwise
- 2 cloves garlic , peeled & very finely sliced
- Olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 tablespoon red pesto
- 25 g grated low fat cheese
- Preheat oven to 200C fan.
- Wash the aubergines and cut them in half lengthways.
- Score the cut side of the aubergine in a chunky cross cross pattern. and insert the garlic pieces into the slits.
- Pour the tomato passata into the base of a baking dish large enough to hold the aubergine halves in a single layer.
- Place the aubergine halves into the baking dish, skin side down. Drizzle aubergines with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake until tender, about 40 to 50 minutes.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and turn on the grill.
- Place a tablespoon of pesto on top of each aubergine half, sprinkle the grated cheese over and grill under a medium grill for about 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Serve with a spinach salad.