Barilla® Red Lentil Penne with Warm Eggplant Caponata, Pine Nuts and Mint

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Caponata is a classic of Sicilian cooking, bringing all of the local summer produce– eggplants, tomatoes, raisins, and of course, the ever-present pepperoncino chili flakes– together. It’s a flavor combination that really works as a pasta sauce over our Red Lentil Rotini. It’s fully vegan and accented with a touch of fresh mint and crunchy pine nuts.


Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Step 2

Squeeze the excess liquid from the eggplants.

Step 3

In a large rondo, gently cook the onions in 2 tbsp of olive over medium heat until they are opaque.

Step 4

Add the eggplant and increase the heat to high, sauté until slightly browned.

Step 5

Add tomato paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Step 6

Add enough water to cover the eggplant by 1/2 inch, bring the heat to medium low, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 7

In a separate skillet, cook the garlic, chili flakes, and drained raisins over medium heat until the garlic is slightly yellow in color.

Step 8

Add the garlic mixture to the sauce.

Step 9

Add the sugar and stir to combine.

Step 10

Cook the pasta according to the directions.

Step 11

Drain, and toss with the sauce. Garnish with mint and pine nuts.


  • 3 lb Barilla® Red Lentil Penne
  • 1½ lb eggplants, peeled and small diced
  • 12 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups onions, small diced
  • 6 ea garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1½ tsp chili flakes
  • 1½ cups tomato paste
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1½ cups raisins (soak in warm water)
  • ½ cup mint, chiffonade
  • 6 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 144g
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 340
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10gg
Saturated Fat 1.5gg
Trans Fat 0gg
Cholesterol 0mgmg
Sodium 55mgmg
Total Carbohydrate 52gg
Dietary Fiber 9gg
Sugars 14gg
Protein 15gg

Vitamin A %
Vitamin C %
Calcium 31mg%
Iron 4mg%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.