Italian Baked Melanzani With Salsiccia

This is a lovely quick and easy midweek meal with little to prepare. Let the oven do all the hard work!

Serves: 3 – 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 75 Minutes (*half can be cooked the day before)

Ingredients

2 x Small Melanzani, halved lengthways
Olive Oil
1 x Garlic Clove, thinly sliced
1 x Tin Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Small Bunch Of Basil, shredded
Handful of Grated Parmesan
1 x Packet Britwurst (preferable Salsiccia, but feel free to use other flavours as well)

Method

*1. Heat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. Score the melanzani flesh in a crisscross pattern but don’t go all the way through. Put in a baking dish facing up, season well and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes (please note this can be done the evening before).

2. While the melanzani is baking, cook the garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, until soft. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Stir in the majority of the basil.

3. After 30 minutes take off the foil and pour the sauce over the melanzani. Scatter over the parmesan cheese then bake for another 40 minutes, adding the sausages in a separate baking dish after 15 minutes (if you have a small oven and therefore no space for this, please note that you can also cook the sausages to your liking in a pan). Serve with the rest of the basil and perhaps a slice of thick and crusty bread.