In the pursuit of a simpler and healthier diet with less processed foods and even less meat, I have learned that aubergines, mushrooms and beans are a great substitute and add a depth of flavour so often missing in vegetarian cooking. I am still using Parmesan and other Italian cheeses (often made with animal rennet), but these are easily substituted for a vegetarian option, if required.
At lunch today we had an aubergine, pea & tomato sugo with an egg tagliatelle - I even threw in a crust of Parmesan in the sugo for flavour. I not sure whether food just tastes better here, or what, but that was a very delicious dish!
Heat oil in saucepan and add grated aubergine
Cook on a low heat until aubergine is soft and unrecognisable
Add garlic and cook on
Add peas and coat in the juices of the pan
Finally, add tomatoes. Bring to the boil and turn down heat. Cook until the oil rises to the top of the sauce - then it is ready.