I feel like eggplant is an underrated vegetable. Here in London, they’re called aubergines, which gives them such a more elegant air about them. Aubergines show up in tons of fall and winter dishes here — from a silky roasted aubergine, tomato and creme fraiche salad that I had at a gastropub in south London to charred disks of aubergine on a really satisfying crusty panini with arugula (called “rocket” here) and slices of marbled speck. I liked eggplant before we moved to London, but since we’ve been here I’ve fallen fully in love with aubergine.
Inspired by all of the gorgeous aubergine, I decided to make a simple gluten free roasted eggplant pasta the other night.