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Pasta Alla Norma served with basil and shredded cheese as garnish.

Pasta Alla Norma (Eggplant pasta)

In this classic Italian dish, eggplants are deep-fried( baked in this case), simmered in a rich tomato sauce, and then tossed in pasta. A wholesome vegeterian pasta with meaty eggplants.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pasta alla norma
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 470kcal
Author Subhasmita


  • 250 grams Dry pasta
  • 2 large Eggplants
  • 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 14 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar (See notes)
  • ½ teaspoon Red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup Chopped Basil
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese to garnish


  • Cut eggplants into 1-inch cubes. (Check the video below or the step-by-step pictures to see how to cut eggplants)
  • Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
  • Toss cubed eggplants in 2 tablespoons oil, ½ pepper, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Arrange seasoned eggplant cubes in a baking tray. You might have to divide in between two trays to avoid overcrowding.
  • Bake it for 20 minutes, flip and bake again for 10-12 minutes.
  • While the eggplants are in the oven, cook pasta al dente. Reserve ½ cup of pasta cooking water.
  • In a pan, heat the remaining olive oil. Saute chopped onion and garlic for about 3-4 minutes. The onions should have softened and the garlic should be aromatic.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and sugar. With the back of the spoon press any big chunk of tomato. Simmer the sauce for 5-6 minutes for the tomato to breakdown.
  • Add baked eggplants and chopped fresh basil. Mix and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cooked pasta. If the sauce looks too thick, add ¼ cup of pasta water( more if you need saucy pasta). Mix well.
  • Serve with freshly grated parmesan on top.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 690mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 2mg