Pasta sauce with tomato, aubergine and ham

When my boyfriend came home from work he declared he wanted spaghetti in the lunch box for tomorrow. So I gave it a good thought and asked my self what to cook to go with the spaghetti. Since we had meatloaf yesterday a bolognese didn’t seem right, and I was not really up for some cheese flavoured sauce.

Pasta sauce

Pasta sauce

I started out by going to the grocery store since I was out of onions and milk was running low in out fridge, said to myself that maybe I’d get an idea then.
I know planning the meals a bit ahead is a good thing, but I tend to make the decision around the time I get hungry 🙂

Anyways I figured it out and came back home with onion, mushrooms, crushed tomatoes and an aubergine. The rest I had at home already.

Pasta sauce with tomato, aubergine and ham
Serves 3-4

You need:

  • 4-5 thick slices of smoked ham (roughly 1 centimeter thick)
  • 5 mushrooms, medium sized
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½-1 red chili, depending on how hot you want the dish
  • ½ aubergine
  • neutral oil to cook in
  • 250 grams of crushed tomato (from can)
  • water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • saffron, just a tad bit, less then half a package (they come in 0.5 gram packs here)
  • chili powder (if you want a bit more heat)

The how to:

  1. Start with cutting the ham and aubergine into cubes, roughly 1×1 centimeter. Slice the mushrooms. Chop the onion into rather rough bits, the garlic and red chili finely.
  2. Heat up a saucepan or Sauteuse Pan if you got one. Put the oil, chili, garlic, mushroom and onion in. Fry for a couple minutes so the onion gets soft. Add the aubergine, fry shortly.
  3. Poor in the tomatoes, if it seem to thick add a little water. Flavor with the spices to your liking, let simmer for a few minutes, until pasta is boiled.

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