Vegan basil, tomato sauce and eggplant pasta.

A tasty and colorful recipe from the Sicilian gastronomic tradition, the Pasta alla Norma is a triumph of Mediterranean flavors and was so called in honor of Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma". The story says that in the 19th century, Nino Martoglio, a Sicilian writer, poet and theater director, was so impressed when he first tasted this dish that he compared it to “Norma”, Bellini’s masterpiece. And the name lasted ever since. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!


• 1 large eggplant
• 300g (10 Oz) of pasta
• A handful of fresh basil
• 400g (14 Oz) of Italian canned peeled tomatoes
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
• 1 teaspoon salt for the sauce
• 1 tablespoon of salt for the eggplant
• Black pepper
• 1 pepperoncino (total 1 teaspoon, minced)
• Shredded vegan cheese


  • 1.
    Cut the eggplant into medium size strips
  • 2.
    Place them in a colander and sprinkle some salt in it, make sure all layers of eggplant are salted. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for about 1 hour.
  • 3.
    Wash the eggplant in current water then pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper towel.
  • 4.
    Heat up the vegetable oil in a frying pan, add the eggplant and fry them until they are golden, remove them and place them on a paper towel. Reserve.
  • 5.
    On a separate pan, start cooking the pasta according to the package instructions. Turn off the pasta heat 1 minute before they are ready and let them rest in the cooking water until we mix them in the sauce.
  • 6.
    Peel and bruise the garlic and mince the pepperoncino
  • 7.
    On a separate pan, add the olive oil, the garlic and the pepperoncino, lightly fry them in low heat for about 50 seconds. Add the tomatoes, the salt, pepper, and some basil leaves. Cook it in medium heat for 2 minutes then add half of the fried eggplant, cook for 10 minutes more, add the strained pasta and cook it for 1 to 2 more minutes.
  • 8.
    Turn off the heat, Remove the garlic and the basil stalks (if you used the stalks), transfer the pasta into individual plates, add the remainder of the fried eggplant, the vegan cheese and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve it immediately.
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