Recipe

Mediterranean eggplant pasta cake

A Mediterranean classic dish that looks and tastes delicious.

  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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This traditional cake uses eggplant laid out in a cake pan, filled with spaghetti mixed with homemade sauce, cheese and egg to hold it together.
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Ingredients

Mediterranean eggplant pasta cake
  • 375 gram spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion (200g), chopped finely
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 400 gram canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 eggplants (600g), cut lengthways into 1cm slices
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (40g) finely grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup (60g) coarsely grated cheddar
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped coarsely

Method

Mediterranean eggplant pasta cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Grease a deep 20cm (8-inch) round cake pan.
  • 2
    Cook spaghetti in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender; drain. Place in a large heatproof bowl.
  • 3
    Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring, 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add paste and tomatoes; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a large deep frying pan; cook eggplant, in batches, until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • 5
    Whisk egg, cheeses and herbs together with a fork in a medium bowl. Stir warm tomato sauce, then egg mixture through spaghetti; mix well.
  • 6
    Line cake pan with eggplant slices, overlapping slightly and allowing slices to hang 10cm (4 inches) over edge of pan. Pour pasta mixture into eggplant-lined pan; press mixture firmly into base and corners. Fold overhanging eggplant over filling. Cover top of pasta with remaining eggplant slices; cover pan tightly with foil.
  • 7
    Bake pasta cake 30 minutes or until heated through. Stand 10 minutes. Remove foil; invert pasta cake onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges to serve.

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