Mushroom & Aubergine Pasticcio


PREP TIME 60 minutes

COOK TIME 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME 90 minutes


Penne Pasta

ZENB Penne is topped with a hearty, rich aubergine and mushroom ragu and a creamy plant-based bechamel, baked until golden and bubbling. Served with lemon and fresh dill. This recipe is created by a well-known recipe site, @twisted who transform traditional recipes into mouth-watering masterpieces!


  • 350g ZENB Penne
  • Handful fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 50g plant-based feta cheese, crumbled
  • 500g chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 red chillies, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 200ml red wine
  • 2 x 400g plum tomatoes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml oat milk
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch fresh ground nutmeg



Start by preparing the ragu. Pulse your chestnut mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside. Char the aubergine over an open flame or under the grill until charred all over. Leave that to sit in a bowl covered in cling film for 15 minutes.


In a large pot add olive oil, onion, celery, and carrot over a medium heat. Sauté until beginning to soften, then add the garlic, red chilli, and pulsed mushrooms. Cook for another few minutes.


Cut your aubergine in half and scrape out the softened flesh. Roughly chop, then add to the pot. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes until darkened. Deglaze with red wine, then add in the plum tomatoes and break up with a spoon. Add in the cinnamon stick, bay leaves, oregano, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Leave to cook, covered, for around 1 hour or until the sauce has thickened.  


Meanwhile, start on the bechamel. Add your olive oil to a non-stick pan over a medium heat, then add your flour. Whisk to incorporate and cook for a couple of minutes to remove the raw flour taste.


Slowly whisk in the oat milk. Season with the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add a ladle-full of the bechamel to the ragu. Preheat the oven to 190ºC.


Cook your ZENB Penne, then toss in olive oil, dill, plant-based feta, salt, and pepper. Add to the bottom of your casserole dish, then spoon over the ragu. Top with your bechamel, then into the oven until golden and bubbling - around 30 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Tasty Tips

If you want this dish to be vegetarian instead of vegan you can make a traditional bechamel, this is up to you!


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