Caponata & Cottage Cheese Pasta


Serves 4

  • 2 medium eggplants, cut to 3cm pieces
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 stick celery diced
  • 1 red capsicum diced 1cm
  • 2 clove garlic, sliced
  • 2 400g tin cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 500g dried penne or any short pasta
  • Large handful basil leaves
  • 250g Brancourts cottage cheese


Preheat an oven to 220C. 

Toss the eggplant with half the olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Scatter over a baking tray and roast for 15-20 minutes until golden and softened. Set aside. 

Meanwhile bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil and place a large frying pan over a medium high heat. 

Add the remaining olive oil to the frying pan with the onion, celery, capsicum, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and cook this for 5 minutes, stirring often to soften the veggies. 

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to packet instructions. 

Add the capers to the pan and continue to cook for 1 minutes the add the tomatoes, olives, and vinegar to the pan, stir through, season with a little salt, pepper and simmer for 6-7 minutes. 

Add the eggplant to the pan along with half the basil, torn. Stir through and taste for seasoning. Once the pasta is ready, drain and add to the Caponata sauce along with half the cottage cheese fold everything trough and serve with the remaining cottage cheese spooned over and basil scattered.