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    Aubergine, red pepper & pesto pasta bake

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 45 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 60 minutes

    Serves: 4


    2 medium aubergines, trimmed and sliced lengthways
    2 Romano peppers, seeded and thickly sliced
    3 tbsp olive oil
    150g cherry vine tomatoes, halved
    2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
    ½ x 25g pack fresh basil, leaves only, shredded and extra to serve
    350g penne pasta
    145g tub red chilli pesto with tomato
    125g mozzarella, torn into pieces
    50g pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
    3 tbsp grated Parmigiano Reggiano
    3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Breadcrumbs


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Arrange the aubergine and pepper slices in a single layer on 1-2 baking trays, season and brush with 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, then turn the vegetables, add the halved tomatoes and scatter over the garlic and the basil and cook for a further 10 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water for 10 minutes until just tender then drain. Mix with the pesto. Cut the roasted vegetables into strips and add to the pasta with the rest of the juices on the trays, the mozzarella and olives. Season to taste.

    3. Transfer the mixture to an oiled 2-litre ovenproof baking dish. Mix together the Parmigiano Reggiano and breadcrumbs. Scatter over the pasta and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden. Scatter with extra basil and serve with a green salad. Also delicious cold the next day.

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