Cheesy Eggplant and Beef Bolognese Baked Pasta

"Punchy, with lots of meat and delicious eggplant, probably your favorite pasta that you literally want to eat right now. The base for this dish is the simplest version of a classic bolognese that delivers a rich meat sauce. This meat sauce is tender, soft with a nice texture because of the eggplant. It adds much flavor to the sauce without dominating it too much and helps the beef to achieve that velvety consistency. Also the addition of chicken stock rounds out the meat flavor and gives the beef something to cook down in without drying out. Finish the dish off with lots of mozzarella and throw it under the broiler to melt the cheese. Two words. Really tasty. This is one of those meals that everyone can love and everyone can make. If you’re looking for a new cheesy pasta dinner, than his is it. Shareable deliciousness."
-- @anna_s_table
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Prep time 1hr
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 eggplant, cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 olive oil
  • 1 celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 16 ounce can tomato passata
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, and coriander, smoked paprika
  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 1/3 pound mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 ball of mozzarella
  • Pine nuts


  • Step 1

    Warm the oil in a wide heavy-based saucepan and cook the onion, garlic and celery stirring occasionally, over a medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add the eggplant cubes and carrot, stir well. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, still on medium-low heat. Stir in the cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. Turn the heat up to high, add the minced beef and use a fork to break it up a little. Turn the heat back down to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked through. Add chicken stock and simmer for 10minutes. Than add the tomato passata, season with salt and pepper, simmer for 10 minutes more.

  • Step 2

    In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta 1 minute less of al dente according to the package directions.

  • Step 3

    Toss the pasta with the bolognese sauce, transfer to a heatproof bowl. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the pasta. Transfer to the oven and bake 1o minutes at 200°C or 390°F, or until the cheese is melted and has that nice golden brown color.

  • Step 4

    Serve bubbling from the oven for true comfort food. Enjoy!

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