pasta alla norma with aged ricotta

Pasta alla Norma, a Sicilian Recipe

Ricotta salata is an extremly versatile cheese. You can use it on salads, to substitute Feta Greek cheese, in sandwiches or simply sprinkle it over your pasta and risotto recipes

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb long pasta or alternatively Rigatoni
  • 1 cup grated Ricotta Salata
  • 3 eggplants
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil as needed for frying and 4 tablespoons for the tomato sauce
  • basil
  • 2 lb peeled tomatoes (or 2 cans)
  • salt
  • pepper
CATEGORY
First course
CUISINE
Italian Recipes
YELD
4 servings
PREP. TIME
35 min.
COOK TIME
15 min.
TOTAL TIME
50 min.
Ricotta salata is an extremly versatile cheese. It can be made with sheep or goat's milk and you can use it on salads, to substitute Feta Greek cheese, in sandwiches or simply sprinkle it over your pasta and risotto recipes. That's why there is plenty of recipes with Ricotta Salata. Try it and you wil love the milky, salty and slightly sharp flavor of this aged ricotta, able to enrich all your dishes! 

Sicilian Pasta Recipe with Ricotta Salata Cheese

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One of the most popular dishes with Ricotta Salata is Pasta alla Norma, a typical Sicilian dish prepared with fried eggplants, tomatos, basil and, obviously, cheese! 

eggplants

Instructions

  • Cut the eggplant in ½-inch thick slices. 
  • Sprinkle them with some salt and let them sit and release moisture for 30 minutes. 
  • Fry thems in abundant olive oil until they are soft and slightly brown. Lay them out on a plate and put aside.
  • Cook the garlic in 4 tablespoons of olive oil until it begins to color, then add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook until it is nicely saucy and at the end add some leaves of basil.

aged ricotta cheese

  • Meanwhile cook the pasta in salted water and drain it.
  • Cut the fried eggplants into thin stripes and add them to the sauce.
  • Then toss the pasta with the tomato sauce and the eggplant stripes.
  • Add some basil and finally sprinkle with grated Ricotta salata, of course!

pasta alla norma recipe