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    Pasta Alla Norma (Fresh Pasta With Eggplant(Aubergine))

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    2 hrs 40 mins

    2 hrs

    40 mins

    Jazmina's Note:

    This dish of fresh pasta with eggplant, tomato sauce and cheese was a favorite of the great Sicilian composer Vincenzo Bellini. It has been renamed after his most famous opera. La Norma.I got this recipe from Vincent Schiavelli, we made it last night and it is the most delicious thing I've eaten in a long time.

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    1. 1
      Peel the egglants. Cut them lengthwise in slices 1/2 inch thick. If slices ar very long cut them in half. Liberally salt each slice and stack them in a shallow dish. Place another dish on top and lightly weight it for instance using a full can of tomatoes. Keep the eggplant in the press for at least two hours. This process will drain out the acidic liquid which causes the eggplant to taste bitter and act like a sponge when frying.
    2. 2
      After the time has elapsed, rinse or wipe off the slices and pat dry. Heat 2 inches of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until hot. Dust each slice with flor before frying. Cook to a rich golden brown, and drain between brown paper until everything else is ready for assembly.
    3. 3
      While frying eggplant begin the tomato sauce. Pass the can of tomatoes through a food mill to remove any seeds. Place the 1/4 cup of olive oil in a sauce pan and saute the whole garlic until brown, remove the garlic. Add the tomatoes, paste, sugar, basil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir well and cook on low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile continue to cook eggplant and keep hot uncovered in a 300' oven. At this time cook your pasta, when it's done toss in a warm serving bowl with some of the sauce and half of the cheese. Arrange eggplant on top. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 18, 2010


      really yummy! I used an organic egg pasta since I didnt have time to make my own. My one year old LOVED this too

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    • on February 24, 2009


      This was fantastic and the real deal. This is just what it tasted like in little Italy in Boston. I think cooked eggplant has more flavor luke warm or at room temp. so I would not worry to much about keeping it hot after frying. Thx. for sharing this great recipe!

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    • on April 13, 2008


      Simply delicious. First time i tried was on a Trattoria and i loved it. so i look for the recipe and found this one. really good. I shorcut the sauce, i use from a jar :), but added the garlic to the eggplant to fry and it taste really nice. Thank you for shring this wonderful recipe with us.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta Alla Norma (Fresh Pasta With Eggplant(Aubergine))

    Serving Size: 1 (416 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 616.6
    Calories from Fat 213
    Total Fat 23.6 g
    Saturated Fat 6.7 g
    Cholesterol 91.1 mg
    Sodium 347.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 83.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.9 g
    Sugars 14.3 g
    Protein 21.6 g

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