Eggplant Puttanesca

My garden is overflowing with eggplant! So much yumminess and I am having a blast coming up with new ideas to enjoy it. Puttanesca sauce is one of my all time favorite things. I discovered it when I was too young to be told what the name means and have loved it ever since. Basic puttanesca sauce is incredibly easy to make, you just take some tasty homemade pasta sauce and add different types of olives and capers. Some like to add anchovies, but I didn’t have any on hand.

Anyway, eggplant was the perfect addition to a puttanesca sauce. It’s thick, chunky texture is perfect with this rustic sauce and it adds a lot of rich flavor. Like most pasta sauce, this tastes better the next day. Serve this with some pasta or crusty bread and sprinkle generously with parmesan for a tasty and filling meal.


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Eggplant Puttanesca
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Serves: 4
  • 2 medium fresh eggplants, washed and chopped into 1" chunks
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups pasta sauce
  • ⅓ cup pitted olives (kalamata, greek, green)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  1. In a large saucepan, saute eggplant and onion in olive oil on medium heat until soft, 8-10 minutes
  2. Add pasta sauce, olive, capers and red pepper
  3. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes
  4. Serve over pasta or with crusty bread


14 Responses to Eggplant Puttanesca

  1. mjskit September 13, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I love a good puttanesca! What a great idea to make it with eggplant! I’m so envious of a garden bursting with eggplant!

  2. Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Yummm! I love puttanesca, and I actually cooked it today for my lunch. hehehe.. Thanks for coming over and do stay in touch. Cheers, Jo

  3. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen September 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I haven’t made puttanesca in ages! I love this idea for an update on the classic. Looks amazing.

  4. lisaiscooking September 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    It is definitely eggplant season! I think I see more eggplants than zucchini at the farmers’ markets lately. It sounds great with pasta and this sauce!

  5. Jenn and Seth September 15, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    i would so love to be having this for dinner right now….looks AMAZING!

  6. Choc Chip Uru September 15, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Homegrown eggplant in this delicious pasta = heaven 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Kristina September 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    I love puttanesca! Love the eggplant addition too, I’m very jealous your eggplants are growing so well! Mine started sprouting some weird growths…. my first attempt at garden has been interesting :)

  8. Kim Bee September 16, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    Oh my gosh, set a place for me at the table Dara.

  9. baker street September 16, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Puttanesca and eggplant is such a unique combination. I bet it tastes amazing.

  10. sunidhi September 16, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Hi, It looks yummy and mouthwatering.i tried this at home , my family and lid loved it. Thanks for this good posting.Your description is very nice any one can follow easily.
    All the best keep posting……….

  11. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife September 20, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I wish I grew Eggplants this year! I’m jealous of your abundance… LOVE eggplant and this looks amazing! My husband swears he hates it but if I sneak it in he never even notices he’s eating it. This looks like a MUST try!

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook September 25, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    I’m so jealous that you have eggplants in your garden! It’s my favorite veggies and I can use it for every day if my husband doesn’t mind… he even makes a comment “eggplant again?” if I don’t pay attention when I cooked it last time. 😀 Your pasta looks so good, I love pasta + tomato sauce + eggplant combination!

  13. LaRita September 27, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Tried this recipe recently and it turned out delicious! :) it was also super easy to make.

    • Dara September 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      I am so thrilled you liked it!

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