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

2019-10-04
  • Servings : 24
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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.

Instructions

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
15%
Saturated Fat 1.5gg
8%
Trans Fat 0gg
Cholesterol 0mgmg
0%
Sodium 55mgmg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 52gg
17%
Dietary Fiber 9gg
36%
Sugars 14gg
Protein 15gg
30%

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.