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La ricetta siciliana della pasta alla norma

THE RECIPE FOR PASTA ALLA NORMA

WHAT IS PASTA ALLA NORMA

Pasta alla Norma is one of the most representative dishes of Sicilian cuisine. It is a first course made with pasta, tomato, fried aubergines, basil and grated ricotta salata . It is a simple but very tasty dish, which combines Mediterranean flavors and aromas.

HISTORY OF PASTA ALLA NORMA

The name of this dish has a curious origin: it seems that its inventor, a chef from Catania, was so struck by the beauty of Vincenzo Bellini’s work ” Norma  that he decided to dedicate the homonymous dish to this work. In fact, pasta alla Norma spread throughout the Etna city around the middle of the 19th century, coinciding with the first performance of the opera.

INGREDIENTS AND PREPARATION OF PASTA ALLA NORMA

INGREDIENTS:

320 g of pasta (preferably penne or spaghetti)

4 eggplants

tomato puree

1 clove of garlic

1 onion

10 fresh basil leaves

100 g of grated ricotta salata

extra virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper To Taste

Preparation:

Here’s how to prepare pasta alla Norma:

Wash the aubergines, cut them into cubes and soak them in salted water for 30 minutes. In a pan, sauté the garlic and onion in a little extra virgin olive oil . Add the tomato puree , salt and cook everything for about 20 minutes. In another pan, fry the aubergines in plenty of hot oil until they are golden brown. Drain them with a slotted spoon and place them on absorbent paper. Add the aubergines to the tomato puree and cook for 5 minutes. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water, drain it al dente and dress it with the previously prepared sauce. Add the fresh basil and the grated ricotta salata.

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