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January 22, 2015

Pasta alla Norma with Ricotta

Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

  • This Sicilian pasta-and-eggplant dish will make your guests ask for seconds—and the recipe. Teri Lyn Fisher

  • This recipe is from Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen.

Serves 4-6

Sea salt
2 medium eggplants (aubergines), cut into ½-inch cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
One 28-ounce can (800g) crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound (450g) rigatoni (or gluten-free pasta)
Balsamic vinegar for drizzling
¼ cup (small bunch) fresh basil
Rockin’ Ricotta

Generously salt the cubed eggplant and place it in a colander. Let it sit and sweat for about 15 minutes. Rinse and blot the eggplant with paper towels or a dry kitchen towel to remove the excess moisture and salt.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant and cook until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 15 minutes, until very soft and tender. Add garlic and red pepper and let cook for 1 minute more. Add the crushed tomatoes and brown sugar. Cook and stir for a few more minutes. Season with black pepper.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni and cook according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot.

Add sauce to pasta and toss to coat. Divide among bowls, and drizzle each portion with vinegar. Top with basil and a few tablespoons of ricotta. Serve immediately.

(Copyright © 2014 by Chloe Coscarelli from Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen, published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)


All figures are per serving (assumes 6 servings).

Calories: 454
Fat: 11 g 
Carbs: 78 g
Fiber: 10 g
Protein: 4 g
Sodium: 441 mg