Eggplant and Fried Capers Spaghettini Recipe

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Brittany Berry Modified: March 21, 2022
Eggplant and Fried Capers Spaghettini Recipe

How To Make Eggplant and Fried Capers Spaghettini

Whip a light but flavor-packed lunch meal with this spaghettini recipe! It’s a pasta dish tossed with crispy capers and tender eggplant for a tasteful meal.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • ¼cupcapers,salted
  • 12ozspaghettini
  • ¾cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 1large eggplant
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3garlic clove
  • pinchcrushed red pepper,(large pinch)
  • 1cupItalian bread,crustless, ⅓ inch diced
  • ¼cupyoung pecorino,freshly grated


  1. In a large cup, soak the salted capers in plenty of cold water for 15 minutes. Drain the capers and squeeze dry.

  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the spaghettini until just al dente. Drain the pasta well, reserving ¾ cup of the cooking water.

  3. In a large, deep nonstick skillet, heat ¼ cup of the oil until shimmering. Add the eggplant, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.

  4. Add the sliced garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for about 2 minutes until the garlic is softened.

  5. In a small skillet, heat the remaining ½ cup of oil until shimmering. Add the capers and fry over high heat, shaking the pan slightly, for for 2 minutes, until the capers are golden and puffed. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the capers to a paper towel-lined plate.

  6. Add the whole garlic clove and the diced bread to the oil and fry for about 2 minutes, stirring, until golden.

  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the croutons to the plate. Discard the garlic clove

  8. Add the pasta to the eggplant. Add the pecorino and the reserved cooking water and simmer, tossing, for about 2 minutes, just until the water is nearly absorbed.

  9. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls, sprinkled with the fried capers and croutons. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 779.78kcal
  • Fat: 44.74g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.41g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 30.45g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.08g
  • Carbohydrates: 80.04g
  • Fiber: 8.66g
  • Sugar: 8.51g
  • Protein: 16.61g
  • Cholesterol: 8.58mg
  • Sodium: 757.23mg
  • Calcium: 140.34mg
  • Potassium: 624.43mg
  • Iron: 2.33mg
  • Vitamin A: 10.50µg
  • Vitamin C: 4.84mg
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