Thursday, 19 April 2018

Aubergine Parmigiana - Product Review - Cirio

When life gives you aubergines, make Aubergine Parmigiana! One of the most iconic and tasty Italian Dish that is prepared with aubergine, tomato sauce and cheese. It is a great recipe for a mid week meal when you serve with plenty of fresh salad and crusty bread.

Aubergine Parmigiana is most popular Italian dish made with Aubergine, tomato sauce and cheese.

So the weather for the English is a great conversation filler and finally, we have something that we really love to talk about, yes and that's weather! Gorgeous sunny weather is here and seems, not sure for how long but at least we can enjoy this week and bask in the sunshine. Not only good weather but colourful and fresh produces are flooding in the market too, and they are at their very best in the height of warm weather. I absolutely love this time of the year for that reason.

More aubergine recipes:- Roasted Spicy Aubergine Hummus | Ringana No Oro (Gujarati style spicy aubergine dip) | Do Pyaza Baingan Matar (Aubergine and Green Peas Curry)

I go super crazy when I see fresh, shiny and deep purple Aubergines in the market and I don't even think for a second but they just go in my basket because I and aubergine have a special bond :) that my daughter won't understand!! Did you know that  Late Princess Diana used to love Aubergine and one of her favourite recipes was Stuffed Aubergine with Bulgur and Buckwheat 

Aubergine Parmigiana is most popular Italian dish made with Aubergine, tomato sauce and cheese.

I love to create recipes with Aubergine, you can create all sorts of delicious recipes from any cuisine. Indians throw them in a fire and produces finger licking smoky Baingan Bhartha, take it to Greece and you'll be served amazing Moussaka, and how can we forget Baba Ghanoush from the Middle East and one of my favourite holiday destination Italy, will make you drool on Ratataoluli and aubergine Parmigiana. We have been to Italy three times already, and never miss out on enjoying Aubergine Parmigiana!

Cirio is an Italian tomato products company since 1856.

Just a couple of weeks back I received a box of Cirio Products to sample. I was more than happy to receive their products as Cirio products were introduced to me by My MIL in 1992. Cirio is Italy's most loved brand and since 1856 they have created a range of tomato products to bring the authentic taste of Italy into every home! Products of Cirio made from 100% Italian tomatoes and create the real rich and unique 'Taste of Italy'

I used Cirio Passata in making aubergine parmigiana, that turned out exceptionally well. Just imagine yourself tuck into this moreish and hearty layers of slow-cooked aubergine and tomato dish that is so simple and easy to prepare.

Aubergine Parmigiana is most popular Italian dish made with Aubergine, tomato sauce and cheese.

I have used Vegetarian Hard Cheese instead of Parmesan Cheese ( Many vegetarians don't know that Parmesan cheese made using animal-based rennet) 

I did use Cirio brand Napolitana flavoured Passata.  

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Aubergine Parmigiana
Aubergine Parmigiana is a classic and most iconic dish of Italy, it is so easy to prepare with minimum ingredients yet it is scrumptious!
  • 4 Aubergine
  • 400g Cirio Passatta
  • 300g Mozzarella Cheese cut into slice
  • 180g Vegetarian hard cheese or Parmesan Cheese
  • Extra Virgin Oil
  • 8-10 Basil leaves fresh
  • Salt to taste
Wash the aubergines and cut them into slices of less than 1/2 cm thick.Apply little oil on the slices and grill them for 4-5 minutes each side or until nicely browned.Preheat the oven to 200C or gas mark 6.Flavour the passata with some of oil and salt. Alternate layer the aubergines, passata, basil, mozzarella cheese and hard vegetarian cheese in a lightly oiled heatproof dish, finally topping with passata and hard cheese. Bake for about 40-45 minutes in a gas oven or 20 minutes in a fan oven.Scatter with a few leaves of Basil and serve hot with fresh salad and crusty bread.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings

Disclaimer -Thank you Cirio for sending us these products. I was sent Cirio-Tomato products for an unbiased review and not told or paid to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


  1. I love it when eggplant is in season. I go crazy for them too! I especially love the long skinny Japanese ones at the Farmers' Market.

    1. Thanks Katie! We used to buy those long skinny ones in India but I hardly see here.

  2. I love Parmagiana! Such a summery dish especially, love a bit of aubergine!

  3. Eggplant parm is one of my favourite things to eat but I had yet to find a winning recipe - thanks for sharing!

  4. we love eggplant and lucky to be able to grow it here in Florida most of the year we have it. This looks marvelous!

  5. One of my favorite ways to eat eggplant!! Like you suggested, this and a salad and some bread would be the perfect meal!


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