Did you know that Pasta alla Norma is the only pasta dish that has taken its name from an opera?

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Did you know that Pasta alla Norma is the only pasta dish that has taken its name from an opera ? Simple to make and yet classy enough for a first course in a serious dinner, Pasta alla Norma was so popular in 19th century Sicily that it was named after Sicilian composer Bellini’s hugely successful opera Norma to honor both the dish and the opera, whose perfection matched each other in the eyes of Nino Martoglio, a famous Sicilian theater director. It kept the name.

Pasta alla Norma ( for 4 as a first course)

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil
  • 200 gr ricotta
  • 500 gr pasta
  • 400 gr puréed tomatoes
  • small onion, olive oil, salt, pepper

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