Caponata Pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsp olive oil (or use the oil from your chargrilled veg, see below)
  • 1 large onion,finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely sliced
  • 250g chargrilled Mediterranean veg (peppers and aubergines, if possible) from a jar, pot or deli counter, drained if in oil (you can use this oil in place of the olive oil) and roughly chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp small capers
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 350g rigatoni, penne or another short pasta shape
  • bunch basil leaves, picked
  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), shaved, to serve

Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion for 8-10 mins until starting to caramelise (or for longer if you have time – the sweeter the better). Add the garlic for the final 2 mins of cooking time.

Tip in the mixed veg, tomatoes, capers and raisins. Season well and simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins, or until you have a rich sauce.

Meanwhile, boil the kettle. Pour the kettleful of water into a large pan with a little salt and bring back to the boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender with a little bite, then drain, reserving some of the pasta water. Tip the pasta into the sauce, adding a splash of pasta water if it needs loosening. Scatter with the basil leaves and parmesan, if you like, and serve straight from the pan