A quick, cheap and scrummy dish, bursting with flavour that is sure to impress any audience!
Recipe by the Veg Revvers
1 Sainsbury’s Italian Marscapone (250g)
1kg pack of any pasta of your choice (fusilli is our favourite)
1 red pepper, sliced
½ green pepper, sliced
1 ½ courgette , cut into rondelles
½ (or more) aubergine, cut into rondelles
¾ tsp of paprika
½ tsp of chilli powder (optional)
Handful of basil leaves
1 tsp of tomato puree
1 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of black pepper (more if needed)
250g mozzarella ball*
A handful of cheddar cheese (substitute for Parmiaggiano Reggiano/Gran Moravia*)
Around 10-15 black, kalamata olives
1. Preheat oven to Gas mark 6/around 200°C. Chop aubergines and courgette into rondelles, slice peppers roughly, and cut tomatoes into quarter segments.
2.Place into a mixing bowl and sprinkle the olive oil, chilli powder (optional), paprika, black pepper, dried oregano and fresh basil over the vegetables. Add the tomato puree and mix thoroughly until all the vegetables appear to be evenly coated with oil, the seasoning and puree.
3. Place onto a baking tray. Bake for around 20-25 minutes, until slightly grilled (with brown, not burnt bits – the vegetables will shrink a bit in size).
4. After around 15 minutes of the vegetables baking, boil the pasta in a large pan as you will mix everything together in said pan.
5. Grate the cheddar cheese and cut the mozzarella ball into little chunks while everything is cooking.
6. After the pasta is cooked and vegetables baked, drain the pasta and add the vegetables to the pasta in the same pan you cooked the pasta in.
7. Add the marscapone gradually and keep on a low heat (this helps melt the marscapone).
8. Add the kalamata olives and drop in the mozzarella chunks.
9. Make sure you constantly stir at this point – otherwise the marscapone and mozzarella tend to stick to the bottom of the pan.
10. Squeeze the lemon over the pasta, adding black pepper as you do.
11. Serve up with cheddar sprinkled on as desired!
Enjoy! Tried it & liked it? Let us know.
*Tesco or Sainsbury’s offer a variety of mozzarella cheese balls which are suitable for veggies
*Gran Moravia is a genuine hard cheese which used to be found on Sainsbury’s shelves. We are in contact with the producers of Gran Moravia (Italy) and they told us they were trying to regain business with the UK supermarkets.