Mamma’s Caponata

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.


6 cups

Updated: Jul. 27, 2023
This is fabulous as an appetizer, but you can easily turn it into a meal. Instead of having it on bread, serve it over warm pasta. —Georgette Stubin, Canton, Michigan


  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup chopped ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • French bread baguettes, sliced and toasted


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute eggplant in 1/4 cup oil until tender. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, saute onions and celery in remaining 2 Tbsp. oil until tender. Stir in tomatoes and eggplant. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the olives, vinegar, sugar, capers, salt and pepper. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until thickened. Serve warm or at room temperature with baguettes.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 57 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.