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Mario Batali's Pasta alla Norma

Pasta all Norma Mario Batali
Baked Pasta Dish
skill level
Easy
time
60-120min
servings
6
cost
$
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Pasta alla Norma Recipe: A light pasta dish studded with eggplant and ricotta salata.
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ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 pounds small to medium Eggplant (cut 1/4-inch cubes)
  • Salt and freshly cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 pound Penne
  • Basic Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Cheese
  • 10 fresh Basil Leaves (roughly torn)
  • 8 ounces fresh Ricotta
  • 8 ounces Ricotta Salata (for grating)
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  • 1
    1 pound Penne
    Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot, and add 2 tablespoons salt. Cook penne 1 minute less than the package instructions and drain.
  • 2
    6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1/2 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
    Salt and freshly cracked Black Pepper
    2 pounds small to medium Eggplant (cut 1/4-inch cubes)
    Basic Tomato Sauce 
    10 fresh Basil Leaves (roughly torn) 
    1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Cheese 
    Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions and season with salt. Saute for a few minutes until tender. Stir in the eggplant and allow to cook for 3 minutes without moving. Stir the mixture and then add the cooked noodles and some basic tomato sauce just to coat the noodles. Add freshly torn basil leaves, grated pecorino and a few drizzles of olive oil and toss to combine.
  • 3
    8 ounces fresh Ricotta
    8 ounces Ricotta Salata (for grating)
    In a medium bowl whisk together the fresh ricotta with a few tablespoons of pasta water to loosen. Serve the pasta with large dollops of the fresh ricotta and freshly grated ricotta salata.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Salting the eggplant keeps the eggplant firmer while it cooks. If you prefer a creamy texture, do not salt the eggplant.
    2. Cook the pasta one minute less than the packaging instructs for an al’dente texture.

     
 
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