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Pasta Alla Norma | Sicilian Eggplant Pasta Recipe | Italian Eggplant Recipe

PASTA ALLA NORMA.Take your tastebuds to Sicily with my recreation of Pasta alla Norma – aptly named after an opera and sure make your stomach sing! This tomato based pasta combines the perfect balance of salty cheese and delicious eggplant to create an envious vegetarian explosion of flavours.


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300g Casarecce Pasta
Handful of fresh basil
400g peeled tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1 x eggplant (large)
Ricotta salata
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Salt + Pepper
5L water

2 medium sized deep fry pan
Wooden spoon
Large pot for boiling pasta
Pasta strainer

1. Heat up vegetable oil in a deep fry pan.
2. Cut the eggplant into strips that are around 1cm in width.
3. Fry the eggplant strips until they start to brown, then remove them from the oil and place them on kitchen paper so the oil absorbs on it.
4. Heat up EVOO in a deep pan on a low heat in preparation for cooking your sauce.
5. Add garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes.

VINCENZO’S TIP: Make sure the garlic doesn’t burn! If it starts to brown add a few drops of water.

6. Add 400g Italian peeled tomatoes to a bowl, sprinkle salt over the top then break them down using a potato masher.
7. Add dried oregano, pepper, fresh basil leaves, mix together and add to the pan.
8. Stir it gently using a wooden spoon and simmer on a low heat.
9. Add 3/4 of your eggplant strips and leave to simmer for around 40 minutes.
10. Once it is almost ready, grate a handful of ricotta salata into the sauce and leave it to melt.
11. Boil water in a large pot, add a small handful of rock salt and let it dissolve.
12. Add the pasta to the pot and cook according to the packet instructions (I strongly recommend using Pasta Casarecce as it’s the closest you will find to Maccheroncini).
13. Once the pasta is cooked, strain it and add it to the sauce.
14. Later the sauce over the top of the pasta using a wooden spoon.

1. Serve a portion of the pasta alla norma in the centre of a coloured plate.
2. Grate some ricotta salata on top and finish with a few pieces of eggplant on top along with some fresh basil leaves

E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate…Enjoy!


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  1. I love Italians…they r always so passionate…and so damn hot also 🙂

  2. this thing is the most delicious dish I've ever made, it is really amazing.

  3. Simpel and wow

  4. Looks delicious, thanks for another great video

  5. So happy to have found your recipe! I just returned from Sicily where I ate this fabulous pasta dish two times. I can't wait to make it!

  6. This looks beautiful, love pasta a la Norma. Great recipes

  7. Grazie!

  8. Recently took a trip to Italy with my mom, Norma. I'm definitely going to make this pasta for her to try!

  9. Vincenzo, I like how you actually fry the eggplant, and use ricotta salata instead of the ubiquitous Parmesan or Pecorino. So tired of seeing people trying to sell you a 'healthier, lighter' version of a classic, when most people have little or no idea how the traditional, unadulterated recipe tastes like. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and passion for good Italian food!

  10. This is really similar to how my nonna makes it, who's from Milazzo. Sooooo good, making this tomorrow! Great video! (:

  11. It looks like my poop

  12. Thank you! I made it today for lunch and I totally love it! It was so delicious! I have added some ricotta cheese over just to get some protein 🙂 it's my new favorite pasta!

  13. LOVED IT

  14. The end product pasta looks dry as a motherfucker, gotta add some more sauce my man, everything else looked great, but in the end it's a fail.

  15. nice video, i just subscribed, please subscribe to my youtube channel , lets grow together :–))

  16. Hi Vincenzo, fantadtic recipe I'm going to try it next time. I've always wondered if it's ok to mix recipes from different parts of italy, I always thought that was a bit of a no no. Let ke know what you think. Cheers it's 35c in Melbourne today Ciao Ciao

  17. Thank you Vincenzo !!

  18. I am planning to make it tomorrow for Sunday dinner !!🍅😀

  19. ….  yea I sing and dance when I eat my home cooking too …..  ha ha ….

  20. ….   think Im makin it tonight…..   gonna use my speed peeler though Vin….  see how it comes out…..

  21. Tried your recipe, delicious . Thank you.

  22. Amazing love it

  23. It is 3 o'clock in the morning and watching ALL THAT GLORIOUS food makes me want to chew on the screen. The bruschetta, the pasta ala norma and ALL the MAGNIFICENT dishes, makes my heart ache to be back in that land of the VERY BEST of EVERYTHING, but ESPECIALLY , F O O D :))

  24. si ma giusto una puntina….

  25. ma un tocchino di zucchero per levare l' acidità del pomodoro no?

  26. it looks fantastic

  27. I'm going to add chicken to this! mmmm


  29. Whoever Norma is, wherever she is… Norma is just having a little dance party at the beauty of this plate.

  30. I never had eggplant before but you definitely make this dish look delicious

  31. Oh my that looks so good. Oh how I would love to visit Italy. Thanks for the tip about the Garlic. I have burnt mine a few times with a pan way to hot. Have a great weekend,, Brenda

  32. yummy recipe,☺

  33. Oh my goodness!!! Vincenzo my mouth waters…just that eggplant alone looked delicious. Ricotta salata i love it…(what cheese don't i love). Can't
    wait to make this…subito! Anyway, please keep these recipes coming oh the only thing missing? You should have been playing "Norma" in the background. Thanks…ciao!

  34. This pasta dishes looks so delicious! I don't think I've ever had fried eggplant before. Incredibilmente bello!!

  35. Glad to see you back with your delicious recipes Vicenzo. Buon appetito..

  36. Vincenzo, this recipe is just stunning in its simplicity. Combining top quality ingredients together to create this delicious dish, you have once again made me hungry for pasta. I love this video Vincenzo. And love your singing!

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