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Stuffed Aubergines with Fusilli Pasta and Cheese Recipe

2012/07/18 by Varga László

I bough for the first time – of course also from the farmers market – white eggplants (aubergines).

I was intrigued of their taste which proved to be a tab more sweet than their purple cousins, and also by their looks. So I decided to stuf them in a vegeterian recipe, inspired a bit by Eggplant Parmesan, throwing in some fusilli pasta for looks – although the green fusillis turned out to be quite hot and spicy – and some Gorgonzola for its spicy kick. And I replaced the Parmesan cheese with Pecorino Romano.

Ingredients (2 persons):

  • 2 medium (white) eggplants
  • a handful of hazelnuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons tomato cubes (canned)
  • a few basil leaves
  • 100 g fusilli tricolori pasta (3 colored)
  • 75 g Gorgonzola cheese (or other soft blue cheese)

 

Preparation method:

  1. Wash the aubergines and cut them in half.
  2. With the help of a tablespoon scoop out their fleshy inside and chop them roughly.
  3. Clean the hazelnuts of their shelves and crush them.
  4. Melt half of the butter in a sauce pan and fry for about a minute the hazelnuts.
  5. Add the other half of butter, the chopped aubergine kernels and the tomato cubes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir-fry for about 5 minute until golden and add chopped basil.
  7. Meanwhile cook the fusilli pasta underdone, because they will cook a bit more in the oven.
  8. Arrange some spinach leaves in the hollowed aubergine halves.
  9. Scoop over some of the pan fried mixture then place a handful of fusilli pasta.
  10. Smear over each aubergine some Gorgonzola cheese then grate some Pecorino Romano or other pungent hard cheese lik Parmigiano, etc.
  11. Put the stuffed aubergines in an ovenproof dish and place it in a preheated oven (200 C) for about 15 minutes until the cheeses just melted and bubbly.
  12. Serve them hot from the oven garnished with some spinach leaves, the remaining fusilli pasta and a spoonful of tomato cubes.


4 Comments »

  1. Alessandra says:

    It looks yummy, but are the eggplants cooked enough? I think that it would be better to sweet the shells and the bake them upside down for a little. Also, wouldn’t the spinach leaves that come out burn or dry too much? Sorry about all these questions, I am a very fussy cook :-).
    But I love the idea of this recipe :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

    • Yes, the eggplents were cooked through, but you can try the way you said, then indeed the spinach leaves won’t dry quite so, but I used them sort of an insulation between the eggplant shelves and the juicier filling, so the first won’t get too mushy.

      No worries at all, I like feedbacks, because from talks you always learn a thing or two. 😉

  2. Elvira Mercado says:

    I did this recipe and the eggplents NEVER cook

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