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Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

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Prep Time

35 min



In this simple, warming Italian bake are tender layers of aubergine with rich tomato sauce and then topped with two types of cheese: mozzarella for melting gooeyness and grated Italian hard for rich flavour. Once that's in the oven, you'll make a simple basil pesto to spoon over ciabatta slices – perfect for scooping!

Prep Time

35 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
can of chopped tomatoes 1
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 red onion
1 aubergine
3 garlic cloves
basil 3.18
20g basil
tomato paste 3.18
2 tbsp tomato paste †
125g mozzarella †
1 tsp dried oregano
vegetable stock cube (new5/18)
1 vegetable stock cube †
35g grated Italian hard cheese
35g grated Italian hard cheese †
2 ciabatta rolls †
You Will Need
Oven-proof dish, pestle & mortar, olive oil, salt, sugar

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 20g basil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 mozzarella ball (125g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Knorr vegetable stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 35g grated Italian hard cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 2 ciabatta rolls<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 420 kJ
100 kcal
2350 kJ
559 kcal
of which saturates
3.9 g
2.3 g
22 g
12.9 g
of which sugars
10.6 g
3.1 g
59.4 g
17.4 g
Fibre 1.8 g 9.8 g
Protein 5.3 g 29.7 g
Salt 0.72 g 4.03 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
chopped tomatoes 99.8%, salt
1 red onion
red onion
1 aubergine
1 garlic clove
20g basil
basil (100%)
2 tbsp tomato paste
tomatoes (sulphites)
1 mozzarella ball (125g)
pasteurised cows milk, salt, microbial rennet, citric acid
1 tsp dried oregano
dried oregano
1 Knorr vegetable stock cube
Salt, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), potato starch, yeast extract, sugar, onion powder (2.3%), carrots (1.5%), herbs (parsley, tarragon), spices (CELERY seeds, garlic, turmeric, pepper, parsley roots), tomato puree powder, red bell pepper (0.2%), caramel syrup, flavourings (contain CELERY), leek, maltodextrin.
35g grated Italian hard cheese
pasteurised cows milk, starter culture, salt, microbial rennet
2 ciabatta rolls
fortified wheat flour [wheat flour, calcium carbonate, niacin (b3), iron, thiamin (b1)], water, extra virgin olive oil (3%), yeast, salt, wheat flour, rapeseed oil, spirit vinegar, wheat gluten, sugar, fermented wheat flour, soya flour, malted wheat flour, flour treatment agent (ascorbic acid)
  • Allergens highlighted by † (sulphites, milk, celery, soya, gluten)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C (fan)/ 400°F/ Gas 6

Trim the stalk[s] off the aubergine[s] and slice lengthways as thinly as you can 

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat

Once hot, add the sliced aubergine and cook for 3-4 min on each side (you may have to do this in batches)


2 Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Once the aubergine is cooked, set aside and keep the pan

Meanwhile, peel and dice the red onion[s]

Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic

Chop the basil finely, including the stalks

Boil a kettle

3 Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Return the pan to a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil

Once hot, add the diced onion with a generous pinch of salt and cook for 5 min or until softened slightly but not coloured 

Add 3/4 of the chopped garlic (you will use the rest later) and cook for a further 1 min

Meanwhile, dissolve the vegetable stock cube[s] in 50ml [100ml] boiled water

4 Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Add the tomato paste, dried oregano and 1 tsp [2 tsp] sugar and cook for 30 sec

Add the chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock and half of the chopped basil (you will use the rest later) and cook for 3 min until it resembles a thick bolognese sauce consistency – this is your tomato sauce

Meanwhile, cut the mozzarella into chunks 

5 Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Add half of the aubergine to an oven-proof dish in a single layer

Spoon over half of the tomato sauce and repeat so there are two layers of aubergine and sauce

Top with all of the mozzarella chunks and half of the grated Italian hard cheese

Put the dish in the oven for 15-20 min or until the cheese has browned – this is your aubergine parmigiana 

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Meanwhile, grind the remaining chopped basil, chopped garlic, and grated Italian hard cheese with a pinch of salt in a pestle & mortar to form a smooth paste

Tip: if you don't have a pestle and mortar, chop everything very finely!

Add 2 tbsp [4 tbsp] olive oil and 1 tbsp [2 tbsp] cold water and mix well – this is your pesto


7 Aubergine Parmigiana & Pesto Bruschetta

Slice each ciabatta into 4 and place onto a baking tray

Divide the pesto between the sliced ciabatta and spread it over 

Put the tray in the oven for 5 min until the ciabatta is warmed through and crispy – this is your pesto bruschetta 


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Once the aubergine parmigiana has cooked, allow it to cool slightly before serving

Serve the pesto bruschetta alongside 


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