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10-minute spaghetti alla norma

Pasta in a rich tomato sauce, with fried aubergines and fresh basil. This version is family-friendly, gluten-free, high-protein and easily vegan!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Pasta meals
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: aubergine pasta, eggplant pasta, pasta alla norma, spaghetti alla norma
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 349kcal
Author: Emily Leary



  • 2 aubergines chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 2 large cloves of garlic minced or finely chopped
  • 10 g basil shredded
  • 800 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 200 g Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
  • 40 g pecorino cheese grated (or a vegan alternative)


  • You have a quick job to do before you start - this could be done 20 mins to a few hours before you begin cooking. Place the aubergine chunks in a colander over a bowl, and sprinkle with the salt. Mix so that all sides are coated, then leave
  • After at least 20 minutes, you'll see quite a bit of liquid has been drawn from the aubergine and drained into the bowl below. Discard the salty water, pat the aubergine dry and put back into the bowl.
  • Add the chilli flakes and pepper to the bowl and mix to evenly coat the aubergine.
  • Warm the olive oil over a medium heat in a large pan, then tip the aubergine in.
  • Fry for 4 minutes until soft.
  • Add the capers and garlic and fry for a further minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and basil.
  • Simmer to reduce for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook rinse and drain the Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti according to the pack instructions.
  • Stir the spaghetti into the sauce.
  • Serve to plates on its own. Serve with an optional sprinkle of grated pecorino cheese, or a vegan alternative, on top.



The pasta featured is high protein and gluten free. You can use standard pasta, if you wish, but it will of course change the nutritional composition of the dish.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 742mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg