Melanzane farcite (baked aubergines with spinach and melted cheese)

For a tasty vegetarian meal try Gino D'Acampo's flavourful Italian recipe for baked stuffed aubergine
By Gino D'Acampo
Melanzane farcite (baked aubergines with spinach and melted cheese)
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

Main

  • 4 aubergines, around 200g each sliced in half lengthways
  • 200 g cooked spinach, chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 100 g pecorino cheese, grated
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 dashes of black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Italian olive oil
  • 2 balls mozzarella, drained and sliced

To serve

  • 1 ciabatta bread, sliced
  • 1 dashes of olive oil, for drizzling

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC/gas 4.


2. Place the aubergine halves, place them on a baking tray and roast them for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.


3. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the inside of each aubergine half creating a hollow cavity but making sure that the skin is still intact.


4. Place the scooped-out aubergine flesh in a large bowl. and place the aubergine insides in a large bowl. Add in the chopped spinach, parsley, Pecorino cheese and chopped tomatoes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well.


5. Stuff the aubergines with the spinach mixture and place them on an oiled baking tray.


6. Layer over the mozzarella cheese, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes until they are golden and the cheese has melted.


7. Meanwhile, drizzle the ciabatta slices with olive oil and toast on a griddle pan.


8. Serve the baked aubergine halves with the griddled ciabatta.

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