Norma Spaghetti Pasta with Hemp*esan


  • 125g spaghetti
  • 1 medium-sized eggplant (aubergine), diced
  • 2-3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hemp*esan for topping
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

The Norma pasta dish has a fascinating history! Named after the opera "Norma" by the famous Sicilian composer Vincenzo Bellini, this traditional Sicilian dish is as rich in history as it is in flavor.

The History of Pasta alla Norma

Legend has it that the name "Norma" came from a Sicilian poet, Nino Martoglio, who, upon tasting the dish for the first time, exclaimed it was "a Norma!" meaning it was outstanding, just like the famous opera. The dish represents Sicilian cuisine at its finest, showcasing local ingredients and flavors.

Flavor Profile

Norma pasta typically features:

  • Eggplant (Aubergine): The heart of this dish, it brings a creamy texture and a slightly sweet, earthy flavor.
  • Tomatoes: Ripe and juicy, they create the base for a vibrant and flavorful sauce.
  • Garlic and Herbs: Minced garlic infuses the dish with aromatic notes, while dried oregano adds a hint of Mediterranean herbiness.
  • Cheese: Traditionally, grated ricotta salata or pecorino cheese is used to add a salty and slightly tangy taste to complement the other flavors.

The combination of these ingredients creates a harmonious blend of flavors – the sweetness of tomatoes, the creamy texture of eggplant, the aromatic garlic, and the richness of cheese.

Recipe Adjustments

For the adjusted single-aubergine recipe:

  • Eggplant: A single eggplant will still provide that creamy texture and earthy taste to the dish.
  • Tomatoes: Using a couple of ripe tomatoes ensures a flavorful base for the sauce.
  • Seasonings: Minced garlic and dried oregano continue to infuse the dish with aromatic and herbaceous notes.
  • Hemp*esan: The addition of Hemp*esan adds a delightful nutty and cheesy taste, complementing the traditional flavors of the dish.

Enjoy exploring the culinary history and flavors of Sicily through the delightful dish of Norma pasta, where each ingredient harmonizes to create a symphony of taste on your plate! 🎶🍝✨

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