Pasta alla Norma

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Pasta alla Norma
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The Catanese dish Pasta alla Norma is amongst Sicily's most historic and iconic
Course Pasta
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Sicily
Main ingredients tomatoes, eggplants, ricotta salata, basil
Cookbook: Pasta alla Norma  Media: Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma (pronounced [ˈpasta alla ˈnɔrma]) is a pasta dish in Sicilian cuisine[1] created originally in Catania, Sicily, Italy. It is made with tomatoes, fried or sauteed aubergine (eggplant), grated ricotta salata cheese, and basil. It is supposedly named after the opera Norma by the Catania-born composer Vincenzo Bellini. An alternative explanation of the name is that the dish respects "norms" and tradition of the region.[2]

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  1. ^ Gillian Riley (1 November 2007). The Oxford Companion to Italian Food. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 401–. ISBN 978-0-19-860617-8. 
  2. ^ Joseph Farrell (19 June 2014). Sicily: A Cultural History. Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-1-62371-050-7.