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

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A saucy take on classic eggplant caponata makes a perfect plant-forward match for red lentil penne. Pine nuts for crunch and the freshness of mint add the final touches.


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, then garnish with mint and pine nuts.


  • 3 lbs 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 138g
Servings Per Container 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 330
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10gg
Saturated Fat 1.5gg
Trans Fat 0gg
Cholesterol 0mgmg
Sodium 60mgmg
Total Carbohydrate 52gg
Dietary Fiber 8gg
Sugars 14gg
Protein 14gg

Vitamin A %
Vitamin C %
Calcium 28mg%
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.