Pasta alla Norma Pasta with eggplant in white

A summer lunch or dinner? Bring the Pasta alla Norma, easy recipe of the Sicilian tradition with a tasty and unmistakable taste. Eggplant and tomatoes are the main ingredients of this Mediterranean first course made special by a grated finish of ricotta salata.

Ingrediants

  • 2 purple eggplants
  • 8 coppery tomatoes
  • garlic
  • oil
  • basil
  • salted ricotta to taste
  • 320 g rigatoni
  • salt
  • sugar
  • pepper
  • peanut oil (for frying)

How to prepare: Pasta alla Norma

A riot of Mediterranean flavors that will make your guests happy. There pasta alla Norma it’s a first course of the Catania tradition. The name of the recipe is a tribute to Norma, the famous work of the Catania composer Vincenzo Bellini.

Eggplant cut into cubes, then fried and tomato, to which is added basil fresh and a grated of ricotta salata directly on the serving dish. In some variants the eggplant are cut into slices. As with all recipes of tradition, also the Pasta alla Norma in fact, it has infinite interpretations that change from family to family. In any case, it is always about simple but quality ingredients for a very famous dish that contains the flavors of summer and Sicily.

The aubergines are added at the last on the dish already served: in this way they do not fall apart in the sauce, while maintaining crunchiness and flavor.
The pasta shape best suited to this recipe is the short one: rigatoni, but also quills, they are perfect.

One day is dedicated to this dish, the September 23, officially become the National Day of Pasta alla Norma.

The eggplant are summer vegetables, which reach their maximum flavor in the months of July And August. They contain vitamins B and C and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, football And sodium. You can find them in many tasty recipes which see them as protagonists, such as the Eggplant ‘mbuttunate or seasoning pasta, as in the Anelletti with aubergines and grouper.

OTHER DELICIOUS RECIPES: Pasta with anchovies and bottarga, Pies of pasta, provolone and aubergines, Lasagne with aubergines

Easy execution Preparation time 30 min Cooking time 40 min Servings 4 Total time 1h and 45 min

How to prepare: Pasta alla Norma

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 1

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 1

To prepare pasta alla Norma, first cut the tomatoes into squares and put them in a pan with oil and garlic. Let them soften for about 20 minutes with basil, salt, pepper and half a teaspoon of sugar;

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 2

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 2

at this point remove the tomatoes from the heat and pass them through a vegetable mill. Put the tomato sauce back on the heat and let it dry until you get the right consistency.

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 3

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 3

Then cut the aubergines into medium-sized squares. Fry the aubergines cut in this way. Drain them very well so as to have a very dry frying.

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 4

Preparation of Pasta alla Norma - Phase 4

Cook the pasta and dress it with the tomato sauce. Serve it and add the aubergines and a grated ricotta salata directly to the individual dish.

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