Cook Time

165-170 Min


  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 large aubergines, sliced lengthways
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 50g/2oz Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the meat sauce

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 450g/1lb minced lamb
  • 1 glass of dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 450g/1lb tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

For the white sauce

  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 50g/2oz flour
  • 600ml/1pt milk
  • 50g/2oz Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5. Sprinkle the slices of aubergine with salt, and leave for at least 30 minutes.
  • To make the meat sauce, sweat the onion and garlic gently in the olive oil in a large frying pan until soft but not coloured. Add the lamb and stiruntil it loses its raw look. Add all the remaining meat sauce ingredients except the parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 20–30 minutes until thick. Stir in the parsley.
  • To make the white sauce, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the milk. Return to a gentle heat. Simmer for 10–15 minutes, stirring, until the sauce is fairly thick. Remove from the heat, stir in the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Just before using, beat in the egg and yolk.
  • Rinse the aubergine slices and pat dry with kitchen paper. Lay them on oiled baking sheets. Brush generously with olive oil, and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until tender and patched with brown. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
  • Lightly brush a rectangular baking dish with oil. Lay half the aubergine slices on the bottom, overlapping if necessary, then spread half the meat sauce on top. Repeat the layers, and spoon the white sauce over the top, covering the meat completely. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and cinnamon. Bake for 50–60 minutes until browned. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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