Pasta alla Norma (Pasta with Eggplant)

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This traditional Sicilian dish is especially delicious in the summer when eggplant are in season. A simple, vegetarian dish traditionally topped with Ricotta Salata. The is a wonderful addition to your pasta dish rotation!

Pasta alla Norma

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Rigatoni or any ridged pasta you enjoy!
  • 1 32oz Jar of Pasta or 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 Large Eggplant, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Ricotta Salata for topping
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions
 

  • Cut every other strip of skin off the eggplant. Dice into 1 inch cubes.
  • Heat olive oil on a large fry pan and fry the eggplant until golden brown. Place onto a paper towel lined plate to drain. Sprinkle with salt while still hot. Alternatively, for a healthier version, you can oven roast the eggplant at 400F until fork tender about 15 mins. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan, season with salt and pepper and coat in olive oil.
  • Into a large saute pan, add olive oil and garlic cloves. Heat until garlic is fragrant, add in tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper and basil. Stir and let simmer on medium with a vented cover for 15 mins.
  • Add in the fried eggplant, stir and let it simmer together on low medium for another 10-15 mins, uncovered.
  • While the sauce is simmering, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water and add in pasta. Cook according to package directions.
  • Drain pasta and add to the pot with the sauce. Mix well making sure to coat all the pasta.
  • Top with grated Ricotta Salata and enjoy with nice glass of wine!

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