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You'll need

160 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 800 gm canned whole peeled tomatoes 1 tsp dried oregano 1 large eggplant (about 500gm), cut into 2cm cubes 600 gm dried fusilli 1 cup (loosely packed) basil, coarsely torn, plus extra to garnish 2 buffalo mozzarella balls (125gm each), coarsely torn


  • 01
  • Heat 50ml oil in a large saucepan over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, add garlic and cook until golden (1-2 minutes). Add tomatoes and oregano, season to taste and cook, breaking down tomatoes with a spoon, until sauce thickens (5-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Heat half the remaining oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat and fry half the eggplant until golden and tender (5-7 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper or in a colander and repeat with remaining oil and eggplant. Add to tomato sauce and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Cook fusilli in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (10-15 minutes), then drain, reserving a little pasta water.
  • 04
  • Add basil, mozzarella and fusilli to tomato sauce and stir to combine. If the sauce is a bit dry, loosen it with a little reserved pasta water. Serve drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and scattered with basil.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

A slightly chilled, fleshy fruit, chalky, mineral-driven light red from Sicily. A 2012 Cos Frappato would be perfect.

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