Aubergine stuffed with pisto

Spanish aubergine stuffed with pisto

  • serves 4
  • Easy

The slow-cooked vegetable stuffing in this recipe together with the crunchy, garlic migas topping is like a hug on a plate. This could be a main, starter or side dish, it's a really versatile recipe


Try José Pizarro’s stuffed aubergine recipe, then check out more aubergine recipes such as our aubergine parmigiana, aubergine lasagne, vegan aubergine curry and aubergine chilli.



  • aubergines 8 small, about 12cm long
  • olive oil
  • onion 1 large, finely chopped
  • red pepper 1, seeded and diced
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • ground cumin 1 tsp
  • dried chilli flakes ½ tsp
  • courgettes 200g, finely diced
  • plum tomatoes 400g skinned and chopped, or use a 400g tin


  • crustless sourdough 150g of day-old, torn into pieces
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • shallots 2, finely diced
  • thyme a few sprigs, leaves picked and chopped
  • lemon juice 1/2 tbsp
  • olive oil 3 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Toss the bread with the garlic, shallots, and thyme, then spread out on a baking tray and cook until the bread is crisp and golden. Once toasted, pulse in a food processor to rough breadcrumbs, then add the lemon juice and olive oil.

  • Step 2

    Make small holes all over the aubergines using a skewer. Put the whole aubergines on a baking tray and cook at the same temperature for about 30 minutes, or until completely soft.

  • Step 3

    While the aubergines are roasting, heat 4 tbsp oil in a large frying pan.Add the onion and red pepper, then cover and cook gently for 7-8 minutes until soft and lightly golden. Uncover, stir in the garlic, cumin and dried chilli and cook for another minute.

  • Step 4

    Once the aubergines are cooked, cut them in half lengthways, scoop out the flesh and roughly chop. Keep the oven on.

  • Step 5

    Stir the aubergine into the onion pan and cook for a few minutes, then stir in the courgettes, season with salt and cook for another 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, 150ml water (if using fresh tomatoes) and season really well, then simmer until all the vegetables are tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Fill the aubergine shells with the pisto, sprinkle the migas breadcrumbs on top, then put them back in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 406
  • Fat 21.8g
  • Saturates 3.4g
  • Carbs 36.9g
  • Fibre 11.2g
  • Protein 9.8g
  • Salt 0.5g