Pasta Alla Norma

That is a twisty noodle

That is a twisty noodle

This is a quick and simple way to use an eggplant. The sauce is fantastic over fusilli pasta but any long thick noodle will work.

The recipe was inspired by the New York Times one here.

Pasta All Norma

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 cayenne peppers chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 lb fusilli pasta
  • Olive oil

Slice eggplant into 1/2″ thick rounds and sprinkle with salt. Place in a colander in even layers, put a plate on top and weigh them down for 30 minutes. In a large saute pan heat 4 tbsp olive oil. Cook eggplant in batches until browned on both sides and remove to a plate adding more oil as needed. Add onion to pan and saute until golden. Add garlic and pepper and cook until fragrant then add stock and deglaze pan. Crush tomatoes by hand and add along with oregano. Bring sauce to a simmer and then cook until somewhat thick. Heat salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente. Cut eggplant into thin slices and add to sauce. Season with salt and pepper then add pasta and toss in sauce until well coated. Serve pasta covered in grated Romano.


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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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6 Responses to Pasta Alla Norma

  1. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  2. Ruth says:

    I was just talking about you when a friend gave me a Rooster platter as a gift the other day. Recipe looks good, too.

  3. Kristy says:

    You always give me just the right dish for my eggplant cravings and it’s that time of year!

  4. Sounds delicious! I am sure to make this once we get settled in our new house!!

  5. Reblogged this on Challengeu2cook and commented:
    Another great sounding recipe from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide! I love sharing recipes that are quick and easy but make your guests will think you were in the kitchen all day 😉 Enjoy and Happy Cooking, Vonnie

  6. Delicious dish! I love trying different pastas with sauces.

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