I love eggplant! And I'll take it any way I can get it. I'm quite partial to some miso-roasted eggplant squares, it makes fabulous low-carb replacements for conventional pasta sheets in lasagnas, and it's magic in tomato-based pasta dishes.
This recipe I'm sharing today is a staple in our house. It's super easy to throw together and is absolutely delicious. I'm not a fan of pre-packaged pasta sauces. They always lack depth of flavor, and they're not as fresh and nutrient-dense as the homemade blends.
When I make tomato sauces I like to blend a variety of canned, and sun-dried tomatoes with tomato paste in order to get a reliable consistent flavor profile. The quality and taste of fresh tomatoes varies so greatly around the world, and I want to ensure consistent results no matter where you live and what your produce is like. I'll often throw in fresh tomatoes as well. But, in this recipe I've keep things really simple and rustic.
Adding a bit of Massel broth to your sauces infuses extra flavor. I've been using this brand for over 30 years because it's superior in quality and flavor than any other commercial broth I've tasted, and it's gluten-free, vegan, non GMO, and has no added MSG. The broths come in vegetable, chicken-flavored, and beef-flavored varieties, and you can choose from stock cubes, powder, or concentrated liquid.
Massel is available nationwide in Australia. You can find it in the U.S at select grocers and health food stores, and some Wholefoods. Use the store locator on the Massel website to find your local store or order online.
You can also add some shredded carrot, zucchini, celery, or other veggies to boost the nutrient potential of the sauce. But, for a quick easy meal you can't beat the base recipe.
Now, the age-old eggplant question: To sweat or not to sweat? There are many people out there who say that sweating eggplant (salting it to bring out the liquids and reduce bitterness) is a waste of time, and it makes no difference to the flavor. For my money, I like to sweat, even if it only makes a slight difference. But, you can skip that step if you prefer.
Let me know what you think of this dish, and note any tweaks you make in the comments. Bon Appetit!
*I'm an ambassador for Massel, but my opinions are my own.