Penne with eggplant Mimosa cocktail

Perfect for a convivial lunch or dinner, bring these to the table penne with eggplant, a vegetarian first course tasty and delicious, based on simple ingredients.

The recipe is easy and the procedure rapid, you just have to take into account the rest time of the salted eggplants after having cut them into cubes. In this way they will lose some vegetation water and once squeezed they will absorb less oil during frying.

The penne rigate, boiled al dente, are then seasoned with the fried aubergines and the toasted breadcrumbs. To complete the dish the lively note of chili fresh and flavorful pecorino cheese seasoned.

Fried aubergines are the basis of another great first of the southern tradition, Pasta alla Norma, as well as the tasty Casarecce with swordfish and aubergines.

Eggplant pasta but not only that, these solanaceae are very popular and versatile vegetables. To make the most of their seasonality, discover with us How to cook aubergines, properties, uses and recipes.

OTHER TASTY RECIPES: Eggplant stuffed with pasta, Anelletti with aubergines and grouper, Fusilli with aubergine caponata, Pasta ‘ncasciata

Preparation time
15 min
Cooking time

20 min

Rest time

60 min



How to prepare: Penne with aubergines

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 1

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 1

To prepare the penne with the aubergines, start peeling the aubergines, cut them into cubes, collect them in a bowl, sprinkle them with coarse salt and let them rest for 1 hour. After this time, pat them with kitchen paper. Fry them in abundant boiling oil and when they are golden remove them with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate lined with absorbent paper.

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 2

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 2

Bring a large pot of water to a boil to boil the pasta. Toast the breadcrumbs in a pan for a few minutes, until it turns golden. In another pan, heat two tablespoons of oil and season the chopped onion for a few minutes, making it brown slightly. Add the diced fried eggplant.

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 3

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 3

Also add the golden crumb, the chopped chilli and mix. After a couple of minutes add the drained pasta al dente.

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 4

Preparation Penne with aubergines - Phase 4

Mix well and briefly toss everything. Transfer the penne with the aubergines to serving dishes: finish with a sprinkling of grated pecorino and serve.