Pasta alla Norma is truly an iconic pasta dish from Sicily. A simple but delicious recipe that is made with eggplants, tomatoes, ricotta salata, and fresh basil. The flavors all come together to make the most delicious pasta recipe. It’s an easy pasta recipe with no meat. Ready in than 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 Min
– ½ to 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil – 1 medium onion finely diced sweet, red, or 1 large shallot – 1 lb fresh tomatoes I used plum tomatoes – 1 can 28-ounces whole peeled San Marzano DOC tomatoes – 1-2 teaspoons sea salt plus salt for the pasta water (1-1 ½ tablespoons for the pasta water) – ¼-½ cup chopped fresh basil plus a handful more basil leaves for garnish – 2 medium eggplants about 2 ¼ pounds total – ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper – 1 lb paccheri or any short pasta like penne, casarecce, rigatoni – ¾ cup finely grated ricotta salata
Cook Time: 30 Min
– simple to make – economical (very budget friendly!) – naturally vegetarian (could be made vegan without the cheese!) – easy to make gluten-free – nut-free
Gather all your ingredients.
Make your tomato sauce.
Prepare and fry up the eggplant.
Cook the pasta.
Combine it all together.
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