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
Place of originItaly
Region or stateSicily
Main ingredientstomatoes, eggplants, ricotta salata, basil

Pasta alla Norma (pronounced [ˈpasta alla ˈnɔrma]) is an Italian pasta and eggplant dish. It is typical dish of the Sicilian cuisine[1] created originally in Catania, Sicily, Italy.

The original recipe is made with macaroni (typical Italian pasta), tomatoes, fried aubergines (eggplant), grated ricotta salata cheese, and basil.

The name of the dish is said to originate from the apocryphal exclamation by the Italian writer Nino Martoglio who, upon tasting the dish, exclaimed "This is a real 'Norma'!",[2] comparing it with the exceptional perfection of the Vincenzo Bellini opera Norma.

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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. ^ "La vera pasta a la Norma siciliana. Origini, varianti e trucchi della ricetta". Luciano Pignataro Wine&Food Blog. July 15, 2018.