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eggplant sauce for pasta recipe

The Best Eggplant Sauce For Pasta

Τhe Smashed Potato
An easy and delicious eggplant sauce for pasta! In Italy, it is called “a la norma” and is ideal for a quick and healthy meal. Serve with your favorite type of pasta and enjoy a delicious and nutritious dish! It’s ideal for vegetarian and vegan diets, but perfect for everybody. It needs some basic and healthy main ingredients and is quick to prepare. A big plus, you can serve it not only with pasta but also with, rice or beans, make eggplant lasagna or use it as a pizza sauce!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 portions
Calories 188 kcal


  • 1 large eggplant , diced
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic , crushed
  • 250 ml tomato sauce , or chopped canned tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika , (sweet, spicy, or smoked)
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar


  • Preheat the olive oil in the pot over medium-high heat.
  • Put the eggplant, onion, and garlic in the pot and sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the honey and balsamic vinegar and continue to stir for another 3 minutes until softened and caramelized.
  • Increase the heat to high and add the tomato sauce, 1 cup hot water, and seasoning (salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, paprika, bay leaves).
  • Let them boil for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer for another 10 minutes to become a thick and fragrant sauce.


  • Served:
    • Serve with pasta and grated Parmesan or crumbled feta cheese on top.
    • Also, it is a perfect sauce for rice, white beans, or pizza sauce.
  • Variations:
    • If you prefer spicy dishes you can add a pinch of chili flakes.
    • Balance the amount of garlic according to your tastes.
    • Add canned tuna, corn, and green olives for a more fishy and summery dish.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or up to three months in the freezer.
*This is an estimated nutrition chart provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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