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    Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta

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    Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta

    This rich vegetable sauce is sure to become a favourite whether it's mixed through pasta, spooned over baked potatoes, served with grilled chicken or fish, or spread over a pizza base.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes 45 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    • 1 large aubergine, washed
    • 1 large mild onion
    • 1 red pepper, washed
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • 350g tub Waitrose Napoletana Sauce
    • 1 pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 500g pack Waitrose Penne Fresh Pasta

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Trim and discard the top and bottom of the aubergine and cut the remainder into small cubes. Peel the onion and chop finely. Cut the red pepper in half, deseed and slice into small pieces.
    2. Place the prepared vegetables in a medium-sized roasting tin with the garlic. Stir in the olive oil, paprika and 4 tbsp cold water. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to stop the vegetables from sticking.
    3. When the vegetables are soft and golden, stir in the Napoletana Sauce and parsley, and season well. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes to heat through. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the pack instructions. Drain the pasta, then stir into the sauce. Serve with a crisp green salad.

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    Cook's tips

    This sauce can be frozen. After adding the Napoletana Sauce and parsley, cool then freeze in a container and keep for up to 1 month. Defrost thoroughly, then reheat until piping hot before adding to cooked pasta or any of the suggestions above.

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