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 one of the most known Italian pasta dish. Tipical of the Sicilian cuisine[1] created originally in Catania, Sicily, Italy.

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

It is supposedly named Norma because of the exclamation pronounced by the italian writer Nino Martoglio that, tasting this dish, said "It's a Norma!", 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.