Spicy Pasta with Harissa & Aubergine

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This spicy pasta is the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold night. The pasta is tossed with a spicy harissa sauce, thinly sliced fried aubergine and plenty of crumbled feta.

We are obsessed with this pasta 🍝

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It’s just so spicy and comforting and packed with ridiculous levels of flavour. It’s also ridiculously easy to make which is exactly what we need at the moment.

Right now I’m just desperate for Christmas to arrive so I can have a break from the bizarreness that has been this year and when it gets to the end of each day easy dinners are what I’m after.

We were so pleasantly surprised by how tasty this bowl of pasta was. It’s spicy from the harissa, salty from the feta with plenty of zippiness from the lemon juice and dill. All in all a big bowl of deliciousness.

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Why we love this spicy pasta…

First of all, it’s so quick and easy to make. Get your pasta cooking while you fry up the aubergine and you’ll be 20 minutes away from a big bowl of pasta.

It’s a healthy vegetarian pasta dish which is ideal for a weeknight dinner.

You could use this recipe as a guide and mix in all kinds of extras from your choice of veggies to proteins like cooked chicken or sausage.

This is a great make ahead recipe as the spices really develop over time. Just save a little feta to sprinkle over when you’re ready to serve.

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Close up of aubergine and pasta topped with feta and dill

Harissa Pasta Ingredients

This section is here to provide further tips and ideas for alternative ingredients. The full recipe and instructions are included in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

Harissa: You can adjust the amount of harissa paste you use according to how spicy you like it. Taste a little bit before you start cooking if you haven’t used it before.

Sauce Mix: As well as the harissa you’ve got tomato puree, cumin and lemon juice mixed together for the perfect level of tang and spice.

Aubergine (Eggplant): Slice your aubergine crossways using a mandolin for really thin slices which are then fried in plenty of olive oil until soft and browned.

Pasta: Choose whichever cut of pasta you like. I went for a new one to me called gigli which worked so well with all the other ingredients so I would recommend if you can get your hands on it!

Feta & Dill: Crumble feta and chop dill over the top of the pasta for a lovely salty, herby finish.

 

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How to make spicy pasta with harissa

Make the sauce: Whisk together the garlic, harissa, tomato puree, cumin, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Fry the aubergine: Heat olive oil over a high heat and fry the slices of aubergine until softened and browned.

Mix everything together: Turn the heat down under the pan and add the sauce followed by the pasta and tablespoons of pasta water. Add the aubergine and toss well. Top with feta and dill to serve.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

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Spicy Pasta with Harissa & Aubergine

This spicy pasta is the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold night. The pasta is tossed with a spicy harissa sauce, thinly sliced fried aubergine and plenty of crumbled feta.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 large servings
Calories: 542kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2-4 tbsp Harissa depending on how spicy you want it
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil for frying
  • 1 small Aubergine thinly sliced using a mandolin
  • 200 g Pasta
  • 50 g Feta crumbled
  • 10 g Dill chopped

Instructions

  • Put a pot of water on the heat for the pasta. Mix together the garlic, harissa, tomato puree, cumin and lemon juice and set aside. Heat an inch of olive oil in a wide skillet over a high heat and fry the sliced aubergine in batches until golden on both sides adding more oil as needed. Place the fried aubergine on a paper towel lined plate and season with plenty of salt.
  • While the aubergine is frying cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Reserve a mugful of pasta water before draining.
  • Once all the aubergine has been fried turn the heat down and add the harissa mixture. Add the pasta and the pasta water a tablespoon at a time tossing until the sauce coats the pasta. Return the aubergine to the skillet and toss again. Remove from the heat and serve topped with feta and dill.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Pasta with Harissa & Aubergine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 499mg21%
Potassium 974mg28%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Fiber 13g52%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 687IU14%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Charla
    27/11/2020 at 5:58 PM

    5 stars
    This looks and sounds delicious and it’s the perfect weather here for a spicy pasta dish.

  • Reply
    Tawnie
    27/11/2020 at 7:20 PM

    5 stars
    I had everything on hand to make this and it was so amazing! Will be making again.

  • Reply
    Carrie Robinson
    27/11/2020 at 7:55 PM

    5 stars
    I bet this is so flavorful! Definitely adding this to my weekly dinner plan soon. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tara
    27/11/2020 at 8:13 PM

    5 stars
    Oh yum! What a wonderful combination of flavors in this pasta. Definitely perfect for cooler nights. Love the contrast of spicy with the crumbled feta on top.

  • Reply
    Beth
    27/11/2020 at 9:04 PM

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious and tasty! I can’t wait to give this a try! My family is going to love this recipe!

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