Aubergine, Rose Harissa and Caper Pasta

Photo by Emma Boyd

Using Alexandra’s Rose Harissa


1 Aubergine, halved lengthways, sliced into 2-3mm slices

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for baking the aubergine

1 red onion, quartered, finely sliced

4 cloves garlic, finely sliced

3 tablespoons capers

2 tins cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon Rose Harissa Paste

Handful parsley, chopped

Pasta, to serve (we love linguine)

Parmesan cheese to serve


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC and line two baking trays with baking paper.

  2. Arrange the aubergine on the trays, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden, then remove from the oven. If your oven cooks unevenly you may have to keep an eye on the aubergine as it cooks, removing pieces as they turn golden and setting aside.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and garlic until soft and translucent. Add the capers and cook for another minute before adding the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and Rose Harissa.

  4. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 7 minutes or so or until thick and a deep red colour.

  5. Stir in the aubergine and parsley and heat through before serving on top of pasta with a handful of shaved Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4

Recipe and photography by Emma Boyd.