Pasta alla Norma

This vegetarian pasta dish is one of the very classics from Sicily.

The name Norma refers to the homonymous opera of the famous Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini from Catania, Sicily, and it means that is as wonderful as the Opera.

You can prepare this pasta alla Norma in one of our cooking classes.

Pasta alla norma

Pasta alla Norma

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Optional 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 320 g pasta usually the short one, like macaroni, not spaghetti
  • 2 eggplants medium
  • 600 g tomato sauce
  • 100 g ricotta salata
  • 1/2 onion
  • 8 basil leaves
  • EVOO
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Dice the eggplants and put them in a colander with rock salt for 3 hours, remove the salt in excess and dry them with paper, if necessary.
  • Heat a pan with some EVOO and sauté the eggplant, remove from the pan and dry them from the oil in excess with paper, if needed.
  • Prepare a tomato sauce with some EVOO, chopped onion, canned tomato sauce or canned diced tomatoes, as you like.
  • Cook pasta in boiling salted water, following the directions on the package.
  • In the mean time reheat tomato sauce, add the eggplant.
  • Drain pasta 1 minute before reaching the cooking time, and mix it in the pan with the sauce.
  • Serve on plates, sprinkle grated ricotta on top, add 2 basil leaves for each serving.
Keyword Pasta, Sicilian

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