Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma is a flavorful vegetarian Sicilian dish prepared with penne rigate pasta, tomatoes, eggplant, fresh basil, and ricotta salata cheese.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place the cubed eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Toss to coat.
  3. Step 3

    Cover with a weighted plate and let drain for 15 minutes. Pat the eggplant cubes dry.
  4. Step 4

    Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the eggplant and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper.
  6. Step 6

    Stir in the tomatoes and basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Step 7

    Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to package directions until al dente. Drain. Add to the pan with the sauce. Toss until well coated and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Step 8

    Turn off the heat and top with the freshly grated cheese. Toss well. Garnish with additional fresh basil to serve.