This purple pasta is a delicious and thrifty dish, made all the more frugal in this instance by the aubergine and beetroot being obtained during Tesco’s 2p evening reduction time (may not be all stores and times vary, worth asking).
Ingredients for sauce (amount serves four)
- a little olive oil
- 1 leek, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed or finely chopped
- a bunch of fresh beetroot, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 small aubergines, cubed
- a courgette, also cubed
- 1 pack of passata (we prefer Lidl’s cheap brand to Tesco value, much nicer)
- 1 can of red kidney beans
- 2 teaspoons of dried oregano (or other herbs, fresh are nice too)
- salt and black pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, fry the vegetables in the oil until softened then add the passata. Bring to the boil, adding beans, herbs and seasoning as you go, water if too thick, tomato puree if too thin. Turn down to a simmer until all is cooked, probably for about 20 minutes; test for seasoning, adjust if needed, and pile the sauce on top of your pasta. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.
If you liked this purple pasta dish, try our other frugal recipes here!