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Sicilian Caponata

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(9.8 oz)

Eggplant Caponata

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(6.3 oz)

In Italy, vegetables are only grown where they thrive best. From artichokes to zucchini, every Italian knows where the best of every type of vegetable can be found—and they won’t settle for anything less. These discriminating shoppers follow the Italian philosophy of cooking, which is deceptively basic: selecting only the best-quality ingredients, no matter how humble, and preparing them simply. Some of the most iconic Italian dishes are also the simplest; think of a stunning (two-ingredient!) Caprese salad or the classic beauty of spaghetti al Pomodoro.

While the international understanding of Italian food is all pasta and pizza, it wouldn’t be a proper Italian meal without a few beautifully prepared vegetable dishes. Whether as meal-starting antipasti or contorni (side dishes) to accompany a meat or fish entrée, vegetables are often delicious scene-stealers. They’re served braised, sauteed, marinated, or simply composed in salads—but always with bold flavors and harmonious combinations. No bland steamed broccoli here! Instead, think broccoli rabe sauteed in extra virgin olive oil with garlic and Calabrian chile flakes, or Tuscan fagioli all’uccelletto, cannellini beans baked in a garlicky tomato sauce.

Eggplant caponata is another traditional vegetable dish with a long history­. Similar to ratatouille, the traditional Sicilian dish is comprised of cooked-down summer veggies to become luxuriously silky. But caponata adds big, punchy flavors like vinegar and capers, plus a sweet-and-sour note that is achieved with vinegar and sugar or extra-sweet tomatoes. It’s a bright, flavorful dish that can be used as a spread, a side, a dip, and more.

Every Italian farmer takes pride in growing the iconic products of their home region, and they’re quick to tell you why their soil makes the best vegetables in the country. We’ve selected some of our favorite Italian vegetables to share with you here—use these to make your next meal more authentically Italian.