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Old 04-24-2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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Smile Turn caponata into a pasta sauce?

Has anyone used caponata as a base for a pasta sauce. Did you find it successful? I have a lot of caponata that I'm tired of eating on crostini and think it would make a decent base for a pasta sauce. Since caponata is sweet and sour I might have to play around with the sweetness or the acidity. Just curious if anyone else had done this..


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Old 04-24-2005, 04:08 PM   #2
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I've never done it myself but I bet you could use it in eggplant parmesan as the sauce or at least a major ingredient of the sauce.

I wonder how it would be with a little white wine and/or chicken broth added to it and some shrimp cooked in it served over a linguini? Add some chili flakes too if you like it with some heat to it.


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Old 04-24-2005, 04:18 PM   #3
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The caponata you're referring to is basically a ratattouille right? If it is, then it wouldn't be any problem with making it into a sauce. You would just need to thin it out with some wine/pomodoro, and then adjust the seasoning. You can even saute some pancetta or bacon, then add the caponata and wine/pomodoro to create a nice pasta sauce.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:13 PM   #4
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I have an old Italian cookbook that I think has an eggplant pasta sauce recipe - if you give me a day or two, I'll look it up for you. Might be similar to a caponata.
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:48 AM   #5
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Thanks for the caponata suggestions. I just added more squished Italian canned tomatoes and their juice, some tomato paste and wine and served it over spaghettini with Asiago cheese. It was wonderful!
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