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Eggplant and capers, which are among Sicily's staple ingredients, add a delectable flavor to this summery pasta sauce. If you can't find bucatini (long, hollow pasta), you can use linguine or spaghetti. Prepare the sauce up to 2 days in advance, and then reheat gently over medium-low heat while you cook the pasta.

Michol Negrin
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2004

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Cindy Manning Barr

Recipe Summary

Yield:
6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups pasta mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat broiler.

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  • Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, and discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until peppers are blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag, and seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and cut into strips. Reduce oven temperature to 425°.

  • Arrange the eggplant cubes in a single layer in a 2-quart baking dish. Pour 1 cup water over the eggplant. Bake at 425° for 35 minutes or until eggplant is tender, adding more water as needed.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oregano, capers, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in eggplant, bell peppers, salt, black pepper, and tomatoes. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

  • Combine pasta, eggplant mixture, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Add the reserved cooking liquid, if necessary, to coat the pasta. Sprinkle with cheese.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

336 calories; calories from fat 26%; fat 9.7g; saturated fat 3.2g; mono fat 4.6g; poly fat 1g; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 50.3g; fiber 5.7g; cholesterol 15mg; iron 2.8mg; sodium 461mg; calcium 182mg.
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