Melanzane Ripiene con Capperi e Olive (Stuffed Eggplant with Capers and Olives)


The stuffed eggplant is a classic from the Puglia region and throughout the south of Italy. When summer comes and I find small seedless eggplants, I prepare them very often. I add olives and capers to the filling; they blend very well with the flavor of eggplant. These taste even better if prepared in advance, even the day before.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 9 small eggplants, halved lengthwise

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons capers

  • 2 tablespoons pitted and sliced black olives

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce, divided

  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Arrange eggplant halves cut-side up in a baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool until easily handled, 5 to 10 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Scoop pulp out of the eggplants using a spoon, leaving skins intact. Chop pulp coarsely and transfer to a bowl. Mix in eggs, Parmesan cheese, capers, and olives. Add 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stuff eggplant skins with mixture.

  5. Spread half of the remaining tomato sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange stuffed eggplants on top. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over each eggplant.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden brown and tomato sauce is bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
11g Fat
58g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1757mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 30g 106%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 53mg 265%
Calcium 360mg 28%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 2655mg 56%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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