Fresh Oregano Spaghetti with Grilled Brinjal

Following in the pseudo-Greek theme from this week, I thought I’d share a recipe featuring really a simple pasta with grilled brinjals. We didn’t try moussaka when we were at Giovino, which was a total shame, but I thought I would make it up to myself (tee hee!) by featuring a simple and fresh Mediterranean stylo brinjal pasta recipe.

I could have made moussaka but with the recent hot spell, cream and cheese was NOT on my mind. Rather, we felt like having simpler dinners that takes less time over the hot stove. And still pack a punch.

To make this super filling dinner, I used: Spaghetti, Butter, Garlic, Tomatoes, Red Chilli, Fresh Oregano, Worcestershire Sauce, Grated Parmesan, Pepper, Salt & Olive Oil (yes, some elements were forgotten in this picture. Typical.)
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So while the pasta is getting boiled in a nicely salted pot of water, I started chopping up everything that we would need.Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 2

Because grilling the brinjals take practically no time at all, I decided to make the pasta sauce first. At least the noodles get time to sit in the sauce and soak up some fragrance. So with this sauce, I sauteed the garlic, chillies and tomatoes in a bit of butter and Worcestershire sauce. I like the tomatoes to really break down. A dash of pasta cooking water helps a lot!Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 3

Scatter in the oregano leaves and even more buttah! I felt it needed a little more anyway. By now, the smell gets totally amazing with the peppery oregano and butter steaming up the kitchen. Yums!Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 4

Once I was satisfied with how much sauce I had, in goes the grated Parmesan. No need for salt at all because of the salty pasta cooking water and the cheese. Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 5

Now, this is a thing of beauty.Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 6

This took barely any time but is full of herby fragrance and fresh flavours. Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 8

Now, to complement this, I wanted a veggie that was really meaty and can stand up to the grill. Sliced brinjals slathered in some olive oil and then sprinkled with salt and pepper. Best complement ever!Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 9

And there we have it. A very quick and simple dinner.Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 10

I felt that the brinjals really rounded out the dinner. And yes, salmon goes with everything.Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 11

So if you are feeling like it’s too hot to cook over the stove for an extended period of time, fire up your grill and get to work! I used my grill pan but I think an outdoor BBQ would be so much fun.Fresh Oregano Pasta with Grilled Brinjal 12

Speaking of which, I feel like it’s about time for me to dust off our little BBQ grill and invite some people over. Soon.

Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

xoxoxo, Jayne

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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Fresh Oregano Spaghetti
serves 4

Ingredients:

7 oz / 200 gm Spaghetti
3 tbsp Butter, separated use
4 cloves Garlic, peeled & minced
1 red Chili, thinly sliced
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 large Tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking Water
4 sprigs fresh Oregano
a big pinch of ground Black Pepper

  1. Boil spaghetti in a large pot of salted water until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, begin the sauce by sauteing the garlic, chili, tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce in 1 tbsp butter on MED heat until the tomatoes break down, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add in the rest of the butter & oregano leaves.
  4. Pour in as much pasta cooking water as you desire, depending on how much sauce you want. I used 1/2 cup.
  5. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the pinch of black pepper and stir in the Parmesan.
  6. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and dish up!
  7. A few more oregano leaves and a little grating of Parmesan complete the picture.

Grilled Brinjal
serves 4

Ingredients:

4 globe Brinjal/Aubergine/Eggplant, sliced to 1/2 inch thick rounds
4 tbsp Olive Oil
4 tsp Salt
freshly ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Heat up your grill pan on HIGH until very hot.
  2. Meanwhile, rub brinjal discs with olive oil. Then sprinkle on the salt & pepper on each slice.
  3. When the grill is hot enough, carefully place brinjal discs on the pan. It’s alright to have them close together.
  4. Grill for 2 minutes on each side or until your desired doneness. I like mine very tender.
  5. Plate up and give the perfectly grilled brinjals a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Comments

  1. What a simple and healthy meal. 🙂 I love cooking with fresh oregano a lot too. They are so good.

    • Yes, I love very fresh dishes too. 🙂 Especially with very fresh herbs. Just a little sprinkle adds a whole new flavour dimension to a simple pasta dish.

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