Mushroom, eggplant and turkey orecchiette.


    • 400gm sliced white medium Vitamin D Mushrooms
    • 1x 500gm pkt orecchiette pasta
    • 2 500gm turkey mince
    • 2 tbsp olive oil (for eggplant)
    • 1 large eggplant ends trimmed
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
    • 1 tsp fennel seends
    • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
    • 2 x 400gm cans diced tomatoes
    • 1 x 700gm tomato passata
    • Chopped handful of each, fresh continental parsley & basil
    • 50grams grana padana cheese (or good quality parmesan)
    • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1
Cook the orecchiette in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente. Strain, drizzle with a dose of olive oil and set aside.

Step 2
Cut the eggplant into quarter’s lengthwise, sprinkle with salt, a little olive oil and let stand for 5 minutes.

Step 3
Heat pan add 2 tbsp olive oil and brown all sides of eggplant, remove and set aside. Once cooled cut into 2cm thick slices.

Step 4
Heat large pan add 3 tbsp olive oil and turn to low heat add onion, garlic, fennel seeds and saute for 5 mins until softened.

Step 5
Add mushrooms and turkey mince cook for approx. 5 mins on high heat to release moisture, break up with wooden spoon and cook until browned.

Step 6
Add tomatoes, passata, season with salt and pepper, simmer on low heat for approx. 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Step 7
Fold cooked eggplant through sauce add cooked pasta to pan with basil and parsley leaving some to garnish and stir through.

Step 8
Garnish with fresh basil and parsley and top with grated cheese.


3 Vitamin D Mushrooms are equivalent to 10grams of Vitamin D, your daily intake.
Find out more about Vitamin D Mushrooms here.