Despite the fleshy texture of the aubergine, that might as well remind you of meat, we assure you this is a quite light vegetarian dish.

Laziness Factor: 1

[where 0 is walking out the door and 4 is walking out of the Cryogenics Department 200 years later]

Ingredients for 4-5 servings:

– 500g spaghetti

– 2 aubergines, sliced and cut in sticks

– 1 red pepper, diced

– 50g parsley

– 2 garlic cloves

– 1 tspn porcini mushroom powder (optional)

– salt and pepper

 

1.

Before you cut the aubergines in smaller pieces, let them soak in cold water for 20-30 minutes. That makes them release a liquid they contain that sometimes upsets stomachs…

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2.

Then cut them in smaller, edible chunks.

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3.

Finely chop the garlic cloves.

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4.

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Bring some salted water to a boil and throw the spaghetti in.

5.

Stir fry the aubergine sticks in some heated olive oil.

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6.

Meanwhile, dice the pepper.

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7.

Add the pepper and the chopped garlic cloves in the pan.

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8.

Optionally, you can add a teaspoon of porcini mushroom powder, which adds up to the taste.

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9.

Just a minute before you drain the spaghetti, add the parsley.

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10.

Drain the spaghetti, add them in the pan and mix. So simple, yet so tasty!

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