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Pasta à la Norma in a white bowl on a grey placement.
Pasta à la Norma
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Pasta a la Norma is a simple one pot pasta dish made with sauteed eggplant, tomatoes and fresh ricotta cheese. This classic Sicilian dish is quick, easy and delicious. If you are a fan of eggplant, you will love this recipe.

Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta, One Pot Meal, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 1 eggplant sliced (1-inch slices)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 28 ounce canned tomatoes or 3 cups chopped, fresh tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • ½ cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese or grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
  1. Prepare the eggplant by generously salting both sides of the eggplant slices and laying them flat between sheets of paper towel. Let the eggplant sit like this for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the olive oil, garlic and hot red pepper flakes to a deep sauté pan or Dutch oven, and then heat the pan over medium heat. Cook gently until the garlic is fragrant. When the garlic is just starting to brown around the edges, add the tomatoes and salt, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Brush any remaining salt off the eggplant slices and brush both sides of the eggplant with oil. Cook the eggplant until tender, either by grilling or by baking in a 350ºF oven for about 20 minutes. Once tender, cut the eggplant into large chunks and add to the tomato sauce.
  4. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve with crumbled ricotta salata (a dense, dry ricotta cheese) or grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh parsley or basil.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta à la Norma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 390mg16%
Potassium 604mg17%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 629IU13%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.