Pasta Alla Norma

Serves 4
Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 30 minutes


Tick off the ingredients as you buy them

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 400g can Val Verde whole peeled tomatoes
  • 400g Val Verde Passata
  • 400g Italian penne
  • 75g ricotta salata or pecorino romano
  • Bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked

1. Trim the ends off the eggplant then dice into chunks. Place the eggplant into a large mixing bowl and season with sea salt and let sit to remove the moisture. After 15 minutes of resting, use a paper towel to pat try and remove any excess moisture.
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan and add the eggplant. If you have a smaller frying pan cook the eggplant in small batches so it cooks evenly. Cook eggplant until slightly golden and soft for about 5 – 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the garlic, dried oregano and pepper flakes to the eggplant mixture and cook for another two minutes until fragrant.
4. Add the tin of tomato and passata and reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Taste at this point and season with salt and pepper as required.
5. While the sauce is cooking, cook the penne in a large saucepan of salted boiling water according to packet instructions until al dente. Drain and return to the saucepan, reserving a small cup of the pasta water.
6. Pour the tomato sauce over the pasta. If required add the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce slightly.
7. Divide the pasta into serving bowls and top with ricotta salata and fresh basil.
8. Serve immediately.

Lisa Eats World

Recipe created by Lisa Eats World