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Pasta alla Norma

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Pasta alla Norma

Pasta Dedicated to Norma
by James Belardo

One of the most famous and popular dishes in Sicily, particularly near the city of Catania, is Pasta alla Norma. As with most of Italian dishes, Pasta alla Norna  starts with a legend. This dish dates back to the early 1800s and is named after the famous Sicilian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini’s wildly successful opera, Norma. The essential ingredients such as fried eggplants (preferably Sicilian), tomato sauce (made with fresh basil) and ricotta salata must be used. Our recipe uses these traditional ingredients and particular methods such as pre-frying the eggplant in olive oil to make the best possible tribute outside of Catania.

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Ingredients
1 large or 2 small Sicilian eggplants, cut into strips 1 1/2 x 2-inch strips
1/2 lb. pancetta (optional) – cut into small cubes
2-3 fresh ripe plum tomatoes, skinned and chopped.
1 can (28 oZ.) San Marzano plum tomatoes (hand crushed)
1 onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1 cup dry white wine (Pinot Grigio)
1 cup water
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2-3 bay leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional

Pasta (recommended)
Rigatoni
Maccheroni
Farfalle

Topping
Ricotta Salata

Directions
1. Prep the eggplant, cut, salt (prep the other ingredients) and rinse, set aside.
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2. In a skillet, sauté the eggplant in olive oil and set aside.
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2. Optional: In the medium sized dutch oven or sauce pan, fry the cubed pancetta until crispy  using 2 tbsp of olive oil. medium heat.
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3. In a dutch oven or medium/large sauce pot sauté the onions, garlic and the (optional) Peperoncino in olive oil.
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4. When the onions are translucent and the garlic begins to brown slightly add the cup of white wine. let come to a simmer and add 2-3 bay leaves. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
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5. Add the fresh chopped plum tomatoes (or the hand-crushed canned tomatoes) and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the tomatoes break down.
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6. Once the sauce returns to a simmer, add 1 cup of water and bring it back up to a slow boil. As it simmers taste and season with an appropriate amount of salt and pepper.
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7. Once the sauce has been simmering for about 10 minutes, add the basil and lemon juice.
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8. As the sauce simmers, fold in the cooked eggplant, mix well and let cook for 5-10 minutes allowing the flavors to blend together.
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9. Add Pecorino Romano cheese and a ladle of ‘pasta water.’ let cook for 5-10 minutes.
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10. Top pasta with ricotta salata.
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A Blood Orange and Fennel Salad with olive oil and white balsamic dressing is the perfect compliment.

Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

May 19, 2015 at 4:17 PM

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  1. […] Pasta alla Norma (Pasta with Eggplant) One of, if not the most famous pasta dishes to come out of Catania, Sicily is Pasta alla Norma! Here’s our take which was inspired by own trip to Sicily last year. We hope you enjoy Pasta alla Norma. […]

  2. […] things create something even more awesome! Using our Savory Ricotta mixture and mixing it with Pasta alla Norma sauce and then BAKING it, makes something truly out of this world. Try our Baked Rigatoni all Norma […]


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