Slow cooker aubergine caponata pasta recipe

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Slow cooker aubergine caponata pasta is cooked for more than four hours for real warmth and flavour

Bowl of aubergine caponata pasta with slices of baguette
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  • healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories221 Kcal11%
Fat6 g9%
Saturated Fat0.5 g3%

This delicious aubergine caponata pasta is slow cooked over a few hours so the vegetables become beautifully tender and flavours really deepen.

It's simple to make and at under 250 calories per portion, it's one of our popular  low calorie pasta recipes. Caponata is originally a Sicilian dish and is considered one of the best and most quintessential of the island's specialities. There are hundreds of versions of it - probably as many as there are local families. Sicilian cooking is about punchy, bold flavours, which is why there is so much in this - capers, olives, chilli, tomato and pine nuts all add contrasting flavours. We've added orzo here to make the dish more substantial. If you prefer, you can serve it on bread (or just have bread alongside for mopping up juices.


  • 400g baby aubergines, halved or quartered
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 2x400g can tomatoes
  • 1 vegetable stock pot
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 25g black olives, chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • 25g capers, drained
  • 200g orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 35g toasted pine nuts
  • handful chopped parsley and oregano




  1. Put the aubergine, onion, garlic, chilli, tomatoes, 1 can of water, stock pot, vinegar, olives and capers into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 hrs.
  2. Alternatively, put into a casserole with a scrunched up piece of wet greaseproof paper inside the lid. Cook in the oven on its lowest setting for 3 hrs.
  3. Add the orzo, stir and cook for a further 30 mins. Once tender, serve topped with remaining olives, pine nuts and herbs.

Top tip for making slow cooker aubergine caponata pasta

Add some cooked meat to this dish right at the last few minutes. Heat through until the meat is piping hot and serve.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.