A vegetarian caponata bake topped with sliced potatoes

Caponata bake

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Makes 2 (serves 4)

This healthy, comforting veggie bake is topped with cheesy potato slices and packs in all 5 of your 5-a-day, along with calcium, vitamin C, iron and fibre

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal439
  • fat14g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre16g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 700g medium potatoes (about 6), thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 85g mature cheddar, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 onions (320g), finely chopped
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 aubergines, cut into chunks
  • 2 red peppers (540g), deseeded and chopped
  • 30g pack basil, leaves picked and finely chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 10 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 tsp capers
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • ⅓ x 30g pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 320g broccoli florets


  1. Heat the grill to high. Boil the potato slices for 10 mins, then drain, tip into a bowl (don’t worry if they break up a little) and add the milk and half the cheese. Mix together.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion until softened. Spoon in the balsamic vinegar and bouillon powder, then stir in the tomatoes, aubergine, peppers, basil and garlic. Cover and cook for 20 mins, stirring frequently and adding a little water if necessary, until the aubergine is tender when tested with a knife.

  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the olives, capers and parsley. Tip into two shallow baking dishes. Cover with the potatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

  4. If you are following our Healthy Diet Plan, grill the one you are eating now until golden. While it’s grilling, steam or boil half the broccoli to serve with the bake. To reheat on the second day, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and bake for 30-40 mins until bubbling and golden. Cook the remaining broccoli to serve with it.

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Sian's picture
27th Apr, 2020
I tasted the caponata before adding the topping and it just didn't taste right. Added some raisins which balanced the flavours and we enjoyed the meal.
14th Jun, 2019
We enjoyed this recipe which was easy to make. It was tasty but I could have done with slightly more of the sweet/sour caponata taste and will adjust accordingly when I next make it.
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