Caponata Marsala is all about the veggies and minus the meat! It’s packed with ton of flavor thanks to the eggplant, Marsala wine, garlic, roasted peppers and tomatoes. The "robustness" comes from the flavorful additions of salty accents, like capers and olives, a generous amount of dried oregano and an extended simmer to blend all of these great flavors. Perfect hearty, meatless meal to serve over pasta, protein packed quinoa or even nutty brown rice.
- 1 jar Pasta Jay's Tomato Marsala Sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 T. olive oil, divided—plus more for finishing
- 1 1/2 T. capers, rinsed
- 1, 12 oz. - 1 lb. eggplant, topped, tailed and diced
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, trimmed and diced
- 2 stalks celery, from the inner, tender stalks, diced
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 C mixed green & black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 T. dried oregano
- 1/2 lb. pasta, rigatoni, penne or gemelli
- 1/3 C, 1oz. Pecorino cheese, finely grated
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 C dry sherry
- 1/2 lb. large scallops, cut in half
- 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut crosswise in half
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh chives, chopped
- Fresh parsley, chopped
How to Make
STEP 1: Toss the eggplant in a tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Spread the eggplant on a baking sheet and roast 425°, stirring once about half to two-thirds of the way through the cooking time. The eggplant is done when it is golden and tender—about 20 to 25 minutes total. Set aside.
STEP 2: While the eggplant roasts, heat 2 T. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and celery along with a generous pinch of salt. Sauté until they are just tender—about 10 to 15 minutes. The peppers will begin to caramelize a bit, but if the vegetables begin to color too quickly, reduce the heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
STEP 3: Add the Marsala sauce to the pan with the peppers and celery and bring to a simmer. Add the eggplant, capers, olives and oregano.
STEP 4: Season with salt & pepper and gently simmer, uncovered, for about a half hour, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to blend.
STEP 5: Bring 6 quarts of water to the boil in a large stock/pasta pot. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. When the pasta is ready, drain in a colander, being sure to reserve some of the pasta cooking water. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss well, adding some of the pasta water if the sauce seems dry.
STEP 6: Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss again. Serve with a generous shower of Pecorino.