I tried to make my nonna’s crowd pleasing recipe with ingredients from Sainsburys of all places. I made two fatal errors though because I listened to GialloZafferano’s directions instead of nonna’s (shame on me): i didn’t boil the eggplant for a few minutes beforehand to make it softer and more succulent and I used ground beef instead of ground pork, but in my defense, everyone told me ‘carne macinata’, not specifying the type of ‘carne’.
Anyhow it did turn out pretty decent for my first attempt I must say. Hearty and very flavourful. One other major tip: be generous with the tomato sauce!